Ohio Gold is the most experienced of these and was third at the Cheltenham Festival in March, though was pulled up at Haydock later. Black Thunder and Heronry both represent powerful NH yards and have to be respected while Baby Shine was a better hurdler than the other mare, Hi Note, but FOX APPEAL looks the class act. He had Black Thunder behind on worse terms in a valuable handicap hurdle at Haydock in the spring and appears to have the beating of Baby Shine on a line through winner battle Group. His yard is in great form and the switch to chasing should suit.
Black Thunder (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, mistake 7th, ridden 3 out, never on terms, weakened last, 10th of 20, 21l behind Battle Group (11-9) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Fox Appeal (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in touch in mid-division, closed after 4 out, jumped right 2 out, carried right before last, stayed on flat, 5th of 20, 3l behind Battle Group (11-9) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Heronry (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway before 9th, pushed along 3 out, weakening when badly hampered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Andreo Bambaleo (10-0) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May, 8 ran.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 6th, in rear next, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Cedre Bleu (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Orzare (IRE) (10-10) 2nd of 15, 7l behind Ballynagour (10-12) at Enghien(FR) 2m 1f hdl sft in Apr '12.
Baby Shine (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden after 2 out, 5th and one pace last, 5th of 16, 15l behind Big Time Billy (9-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Hi Note 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, led 4th, ridden before 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Princely Player (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd.