TISTORY is a half-brother to the top-class Punchestowns and has already shown plenty of ability in winning twice in the French provinces. Now with Nicky Henderson, he'll be one to watch when going hurdling but can take this en route. Court Minstrel won over C&D in November and won't go down without a fight, however, while Warwick seventh Lord Grantham may have more scope than Monzino and looks the pick of the remainder.
Tistory (FR) (10-3) won at Vichy(FR) 1m 5f 4yo nhf sft in Jul beating Thouva (10-1) by 4l, 9 ran.
Court Minstrel (IRE) Evensfav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 7f out, went 2nd going well and close up when carried left over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on well, won at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov beating The Jugopolist (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Lord Grantham (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, led after 4f, headed well over 2f out, no impression final 2f, 7th of 13, 19l behind Swing Bowler (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Buyers Premium 40-1 (10-8) Behind, headway into mid-division over 3f out, soon ridden, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 24l behind Josh's Dreamway (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in May.
Laidback Leo Golden Snake gelding out of Rockstine.
Monzino (USA) 66-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, headway 9f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 16l behind Regal Encore (10-3) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.