Heronry got off the mark over hurdles at the third time of asking when scoring at Sandown last month. He's probably open to further improvement but has a massive task at the weights if he's to overturn Ludlow running in November with ENTER PARADISE. Nicky Henderson's charge was more than 13 lengths behind Charlie Mann's nine-year-old on that occasion and is 7lb worse off now. Lower Hope Dandy and Noble Friend represent powerful stables but will need to be decent to land this.
Heronry (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, slightly outpaced 3 out, rallied to go 2nd 2 out, unsighted last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb beating Liberty Court (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Boy Of Boru (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Led to 5th, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind De Blacksmith (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Jan.
Cinematique (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) Never travelled and detached in rear, went poor 5th over 4f out, never a factor, tailed off, 5th of 6, 43l behind Right Stuff (9-9) at Lingfield 2m clm stks (6) pol in Jan (flat).
Enter Paradise (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Led, headed before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 16, 16l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Folly Farm (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mistakes, towards rear, mistake and ridden after 4th, blundered 4 out, tailed off when mistake next, 13th of 14, well behind Edmund Kean (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Lower Hope Dandy 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, bumped 3rd, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 14, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Noble Friend (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in touch, went 4th before 1f out, one pace, 5th of 13, 18l behind Kilmurvy (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
The Royal Brompton 33-1 (10-12) In touch until lost place before 5th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Minella For Steak (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Well Sprung (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders until lost place 4th, mistake 6th, tailed off when mistake 4 out and pulled up, in a race won by Too Generous (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.