Halcon Genelardais hasn't got his head in front since winning the Welsh National in 2006 but should do well in this sphere and will be all the better for his recent third at Wincanton. But preference is still for BABY RUN, who won the Foxhunter Chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival and will be defending his crown next month all being well. He jumped really well when making a successful reappearance at Wetherby and should take all the beating here. Ardnaclancy made giant strides last spring but, like Oopsmylord and Idle Talk, has an absence to overcome here and faces a stiff task off level weights with the selection.
Ardnaclancy (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) No close up comments available due to technical difficulties, won at Hexham 2m 4f hts chs (6) gf in Jun beating Take The Stand (12-1) by 1l, 11 ran.
Baby Run (FR) 11-8fav (11-11) Made all, clear approaching 4 out, stayed on strongly, pushed out, unchallenged, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs beating Breaking Silence (12-4) by 37l, 11 ran.
Oopsmylord (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Took keen hold, tracked leader until jumped slowly 3rd, blundered next, reminders after 14th, weakened approaching 3 out, held on for well held 3rd, 3rd of 6, 33l behind Coolefind (11-13) at Towcester 3m hts chs (6) gf in May.
Halcon Genelardais (FR) 85-40fav (11-5) Close up, ridden along and outpaced 17th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3d before last, kept on flat, not reach leaders, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Turthen (12-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs.
Idle Talk (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) In touch, took closer order approaching 9th, led after 11th, headed approach 12th, lost place 15th, mistake 18th, soon weakened, 7th of 30, well behind Merigo (10-0) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.