GATE PLEASE has already won a point-to-point and a bumper and will have learned plenty from his hurdling debut at Fontwell, where he probably came up against a decent novice. McCoy wasn't hard on him once the winner had flown and that kindness could be repaid here as he will probably enjoy a fitness advantage over likely market rival Copper Birch, who has his first run since finishing tailed off at Ascot in February. Evan Williams' charge did run At Fisher's Cross to just over two lengths here last season, however, and that is smart form. Berea Boru may be improving but is probably only competing for a place at best.
Batu Ferringhi (FR) 6-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway approaching 14th, struggling 4 out, no impression when left 4th 3 out, soon weakened, dropped to 5th before 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Doctor Kingsley (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Berea Boru (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened 2 out, 5th of 13, 14l behind Village Vic (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Copper Birch (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders early, soon lost place and raced in rear, under pressure when blundered 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Up And Go (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Gate Please (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, ridden before last and soon headed, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Hannibal The Great (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Hunky Dorey 2-1 (12-0) Ap; led 11; ro wl, won at Gelligaer Farmers 3m ptp gf in May beating Danny Mags (12-0) by 4l, 15 ran.
Mezzanisi (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd after 4 out, never any chance with winner, hung left and mistake 2 out and last, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Vegas Cash (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Aug '12.
Millenary Magic (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, bad mistake 4th, reminders towards rear 6th, no extra and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Keep On Track (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gf in Jun, 14 ran.
Wynn Darwi (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Always in rear, tailed off, last of 9, 38l behind Killala Quay (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Home Girl (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) In rear, not fluent 2nd, losing touch when not fluent 4th, soon well adrift, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Joanne One (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.