Quinz returns to the scene of his triumph in the 2011 Racing Post Chase but has looked a shadow of his former self lately. Reblis needs further and a softer surface while Little Chip turned in a shocker at Huntingdon last time. Caulfields Venture only failed to complete a five-timer at Fontwell, however, and remains in fine form, though has gone up another 7lb since. Marley Roca is starting to look well handicapped but has never won over this trip or away from Stratford. HATTERS RIVER needs to improve his jumping but there are races to be won with Ali Brewer's charge over fences and he has run well over hurdles here in the past - he gets a tentative vote.
Quinz (FR) 28-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistake 7th, pushed along and struggling after 10th, blundered badly and well behind 16th, 12th of 23, well behind Spring Heeled (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f (2) gd in Mar.
Reblis (FR) 28-1 (11-11) In rear, jumped slowly 8th, soon ridden along, in touch 16th, mistake and no extra 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 11, 36l behind Rebeccas Choice (10-12) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Western King (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led, mistake 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd last, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 9l behind Coole River (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
American Spin 100-1 (11-6) Jumped right at times, in touch, blundered 15th, lost place before 21st, no impression after, 10th of 15, 18l behind Midnight Prayer (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m Listed Amateur Novice Chase (5yo+) (1) gs in Mar.
Caulfields Venture (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Chased leading pair, hit 3rd, dropped to 5th 9th, outpaced 4 out, rallied chasing leaders next, went 2nd approaching last, kept on under pressure flat, just held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Fruity O'Rooney (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Apr.
Little Chip (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Always last, mistake 9th, ridden after next, well beaten 13th, tailed off, last of 5, 49l behind Flaming Gorge (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Hatters River (IRE) 5-2fav (11-9) Led, blundered 3rd, pressed from 3 out, blundered badly last, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Highbury High (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
My Flora 15-8 (11-12) In rear and in touch, went 3rd from 7th, blundered 3 out, quickly weakened, 3rd of 4, well behind Lady Of Verona (10-2) at Kelso 2m 5f (4) sft in Apr.
Marley Roca (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, pushed along in 5th after 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 9, 19l behind Ballincurrig (10-13) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Arbeo (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Led until after 3rd, chased leader until soon after 6th, soon reluctant and driven along, lost touch, behind and pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Midnight Sail (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Thinger Licht (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened flat, 5th of 18, 12l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.