CAULFIELDS VENTURE looks the obvious one here even though he is still creeping up the weights. He was second over this trip at Chepstow last month and arrives in much better form than most of his rivals. A case could be made for Farewellatmidnight on his best form while Over And Above has been a little better since returning from a break. Qualitee alternates between hurdles and fences but is back on a winning mark and makes more appeal than Folie A Deux and Dukeofchesterwood.
Silas Mariner (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not much room 1st, went 2nd after 5th, led next, not fluent and jumped right 8th and 10th, headed before 11th, mistake next, weakened 13th, 4th of 5, well behind Forgotten Gold (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Farewellatmidnight 8-1 (10-13) Led until 3rd, led 6th, headed after 4 out, not much room before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 26l behind Be My Deputy (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Folie A Deux (IRE) 50-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, ridden before last, soon weakened, 8th of 19, 18l behind Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Caulfields Venture (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, steady headway to chase leaders on inside before 5 out, went 3rd before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Oddjob (11-6) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Radsoc De Sivola (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, well beaten 3 out, 10th of 16, well behind Musnad (10-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Qualitee 9-2 (11-6) Led, headed before 5th, outpaced when switched outside approaching 2 out (usual 3 out), soon weakened, 5th of 11, 37l behind Cladding (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Over And Above (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Mid-division, in touch 6th, ridden to chase leading pair after 4 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Haar (11-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Dukeofchesterwood 9-4fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden after 6th, outpaced 3 out, rallied next, no impression, 4th of 8, 14l behind Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.