Rob Conti's second to Johns Spirit at Cheltenham in October is easily the best form on offer in this. But he has his first run in a hunter chase and it remains to be seen how he copes with the heavy ground. MARTYS MISSION won this under David Prichard last year when Bermuda Boy fell when challenging four out. The 12-year-old was still going well when falling over a longer trip at Wincanton last month and could be worth a small wager again, though Made In Time and Tara Royal could both feature on past form. Cool Friend and The General Lee may be best of the rest.
Made In Time (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Raced keenly, tracked winner, led before 6th to 8th, close up, challenged 4 out, kept on until ridden and no extra on inside flat, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Pearlysteps (12-0) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) hvy.
Rob Conti (FR) 16-1 (10-1) Always handy, led 2 out, headed last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Johns Spirit (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Tara Royal 6-1 (12-5) (tt) led 6 til hdd & wknd flat, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Wymott (12-5) at Norfolk Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 25-1 (12-7) Led aft 7 til hdd 11; wknd 14; pu aft 3 out, in a race won by Minella Stars (12-7) at Harkaway Club 3m ptp hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Martys Mission (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, fell 8th, in a race won by Shy John (11-5) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Rebel Alliance (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place after 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Overlut (11-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hts chs (6) gd in Jun, 13 ran.
The General Lee (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place after 9th, continued tailed off final circuit, left remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Pearlysteps (12-0) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) hvy.
Cool Friend (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, outpaced from 3 out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Rebel Du Maquis (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f (5) gd in May.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 9-1 (12-0) Led to 6; wknd up 4 out; to, 3rd of 7, dis behind Penmore Mill (12-7) at Silverton 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Safari Adventures (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 9th, quickly weakened, 9th of 10, well behind Bhaltair (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f (4) gs in Dec '12.
Sawago (FR) 4-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, not fluent 8th, driven in 3rd after 4 out, driven after next, stayed on to 2nd flat, no real impression, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Little Jimmy (10-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb '13.
Walter Wallace (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) In tch til wknd 3 out, 4th of 14, 15l behind Patricktom Boru (12-0) at Silverton 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Wiston Dreamer 12-1 (12-0) Led to 7; wknd qckly 15, 3rd of 9, 33l behind John Clayton (12-0) at Pembrokeshire 3m ptp gs in May.