Ace Fighter Pilot's maiden hurdle victory came on fast ground and he has something to prove in today's heavy going. Uncle Jimmy opened his account at Fontwell but was a big disappointment at Ffos Las on his latest start. Winning pointer Dunloughin is worth noting on his debut under Rules but SPEEDY TUNES also won a point-to-point back in March and Nicky Henderson's charge gets the vote on his first start over timber. Flugzeug has shown little so far and Water Wagtail was well beaten in a bumper on his racecourse debut.
Ace Fighter Pilot 15-2 (11-5) Led and raced on outer, mistake 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on from last, lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Billy Merriott (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 6th, some headway into 4th before 3 out, weakened approaching next, tailed off, 5th of 8, 43l behind Boyfromnowhere (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Dunloughin (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Ww mid div, prog up 5out, cl 3rd from 3out & 2nd when landed faster & ld last, so, won at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Green Wizard (12-0) by 4l, 14 ran.
Flugzeug 40-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 10, 23l behind Dawn Twister (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
No Buts 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5f out, tailed off over 3f out, last of 11, well behind Warden Hill (11-0) at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std.
Speedy Tunes (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 2nd 3out, rdn & chall last, rdn to ld late, won at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Waddingtown Hero (12-0) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Water Wagtail 9-4 (10-8) Behind, pushed along and struggling 8f out, lost touch 6f out, plugged on again final 2f, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 9, 20l behind Sin Bin (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.