Prince du Beury, Tiger O'Toole and SAM WHISKEY make up the shortlist here, with the Jonjo/McCoy combo getting the vote. Sam Whiskey's making his handicap debut, and the yard know how to turn them out in this company. His best runs to date came on the flat in Germany, but he's been far from disgraced in three runs here over hurdles. Nicky Henderson won this race last year, and Prince du Beury is the joint top rated here, with Felix de Giles able to claim a handy three pounds. He may be in the grip of the handicapper though. This French bred horse though hasn't been able to build on a debut success back home, (and that was on the flat in testing conditions), although he was a respectable fourth when making his seasonal debut last month. Evan Williams' runners here should always be respected, and the lightly raced Tiger O'Toole is getting to grips with the game. He's been entered for a few other races over further in the next few days, but presumably he thinks this is his best chance of winning. Teenager Georgina Andrews won a lady's handicap on Viable two races back, and they're looking a useful partnership. It's not the greatest race on the card, but there has to be a winner, and we think the most likely is Sam Whiskey.
Prince du Beury (FR) 10-3 (11-0) Raced keenly in touch, headway 4 out, hit next, stayed on same pace from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 14, 24l behind Chicago Grey (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Intensifier (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 5th, headed 3 out, soon ridden, every chance 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 18, 8l behind Red Lancer (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf.
Viable 6-1 (10-12) Led, keen early, headed 3 out, still close third 2 out, weakened flat, kept battling to try and get 2nd, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Know The Law (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Sam Whiskey (GER) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, squeezed along after 4th, headway after 7th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 35l behind Gloucester (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Swift Sailing (USA) 14-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, moderate 4th halfway, 3rd after 4 out, improved to lead before 3 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, no extra before last, kept on one pace run-in, 6th of 15, 14l behind Any Bets (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 gd in Mar.
Tiger O'Toole (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Led 1st, headed 4 out, ridden 3 out, held from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Quick Fix (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Never Lost 9-1 (11-2) Keen, led after 2nd, hit 3rd and 5th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 18, 37l behind Ptibaby (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
Sweet World 12-1 (10-7) Keen early, held up, good headway 5th, close 2nd when mistake 2 out, soon ridden, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Safari Journey (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Itsawindup 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division until weakened 3 out, stumbled badly next, 7th of 13, 33l behind Oddshoes (11-5) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Marino Prince (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 10th of 18, 42l behind Ptibaby (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
Five Two 5-2fav (11-10) Held up, mistake 5th, headway after next, ridden after 3 out, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 9l behind Three Ships (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) fm in Nov '07.
Miss Ladybird (USA) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway 3rd, ridden 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 14l behind Segal (11-3) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Crazy Bold (GER) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, effort 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, 11th of 15, 21l behind Quiditch D'ouxy (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Apr.