McCoy has a decent chance again in this on Old Pals Act but his mount remains on a high enough mark and struggles to get his head in front. Dungeness could be clumsy over hurdles and fell on his only previous try over fences. He'll have to be careful over these tricky obstacles but Tayarat has been a reformed character and is on a hat-trick, though is 8lb higher than for his latest success at Southwell. GHOST OF A SMILE is still a bit of a baby but did win over hurdles at Huntingdon in March and should do even better now tackling fences. He has more scope than these and can defy top weight.
Ghost Of A Smile (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside 5th, outpaced after 8th, mistake and well held 3 out, 6th of 9, 30l behind Hold Court (11-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Dungeness 8-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 2nd, ridden after 8th, headed before 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 9, 36l behind Hold Court (11-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Old Pals Act (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Prominent, led after 4 out, headed 2 out, soon beaten, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Roc De Guye (10-4) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Tayarat (IRE) 3-1fav (10-3) Led until 7th, led agin 9th, headed 3 out, led again approaching last, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr beating Umustbejoking (10-9) by 1l, 6 ran.
The Society Man (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division, weakened after 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Surf And Turf (11-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Spiekeroog 33-1 (11-8) In touch, lost place from 9th, well beaten after 3 out, 9th of 13, 25l behind George Fernbeck (11-5) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.