FORT VIEW has been in splendid nick for Polly Gundry in hunter chases and looks a horse to have on your side with his attentions turned to open handicap company. He looks on a fair mark, gets on well with his amateur pilot and the majority of his rivals are not in the best of form. Nostringsattached showed a glimpse of his old form at Worcester this month after a break and he has slipped to a dangerously attractive mark. He rates the main threat, although Quattrocento would also be very interesting if finding the form that saw him land a competitive Cheltenham handicap back in October, especially now his yard has returned to form.
Postmaster 14-1 (10-8) Held up, not fluent 5th, ridden and weakened after 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Thelobstercatcher (10-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Fort View (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, not always fluent, mistake 14th, closed 3 out, outpaced in 3rd before next, rallied last, stayed on well, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Apr beating Maurisca (11-8) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Victor Daly (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Prominent, chased winner from 4th, led briefly 10th, mistakes 13th and 14th, lost 2nd next, weakened after 4 out, well beaten 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Garleton (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd, 10 ran.
Nostringsattached (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, ridden flat, found nil, 6th of 10, 14l behind Invisible Man (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf.
Quattrocento (FR) 9-2fav (10-8) Mid-division on outside, slipped and unseated rider on bend after 3rd, in a race won by Garleton (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd, 10 ran.
Mac Halen (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) With leader, blundered 7th, blundered 12th, weakened from 3 out, 3rd of 4, 25l behind Quedillac (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.