Minella For Value won three times over fences in Ireland last year and has his first start for John Butler with McCoy on board. He boasts the highest jumps rating of these, although ONE LUCKY LADY is weighted to match him on today's terms. The latter won twice on the Flat and scored under today's conditional over hurdles at Uttoxeter last term. Harry Hunt has won on the Polytrack and scored on the Flat at Goodwood in October. He's just preferred to Ya Hafed, who went close on the level here in January.
Asker (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Led until 9th, weakened rapidly, eased from before 2 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Mistral Reine (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Harry Hunt 8-1 (10-7) Jumped right, tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, reminders before 10th, mistake next, blundered and weakened 13th, eased and jumped badly right from next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Easter Day (11-0) at Newbury 2m 6f (3) gs in Nov.
Minella For Value (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, driven in 2nd 2 out, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 10l behind Twirling Magnet (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gd in Oct.
Noble Friend (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up behind, outpaced 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Beat That (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Ya Hafed 9-1 (11-10) Led 2nd, jumped right 5th, headed 11th, pushed along next, not fluent and lost 2nd 3 out, soon beaten, pulled up before last, in a race won by Trojan Sun (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
One Lucky Lady 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along before 4 out, chased winner before last, ridden run-in, kept on and well held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 8l behind On The Bridge (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.