A record of one win from 14 starts over fences is evidence that Temple Lord is a bit of an enigma and he hasn't run for a while. That's The Deal is still 5lb higher than when scoring at Fakenham while Representingceltic, who rattled up a hat-trick in jumpers' bumpers over the winter, unseated his rider back over fences at Newbury. DASHING GEORGE's recent form figures don't make good reading but this represents a drop in grade and he's only 4lb higher than when making all at Sandown in February. He's preferred to Gentleman Anshan and Uttoxeter hurdles second Pret A Thou.
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In touch on outside, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 8, 36l behind See U Bob (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
Dashing George (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Soon towards rear, pulled up before 10th (bechers), in a race won by Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs, 29 ran.
Pret A Thou (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Led, clear until 1st, mistake 3 out, soon ridden, headed after 2 out, stayed on flat, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Shalone (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Temple Lord (FR) 9-4fav (11-0) Behind, headway after 9th, went 3rd 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Tiptoeaway (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Fintan 25-1 (11-12) Fell 1st, in a race won by Eastlake (11-10) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Coup Royale (FR) 50-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 6th, lost place when mistake 3 out, not fluent 2 out, 14th of 19, 38l behind Tolkeins Tango (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
That's The Deal (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, not much room on inside after 11th, outpaced after 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never troubled leaders, 4th of 8, 17l behind See U Bob (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
Representingceltic (IRE) 11-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, steady headway before 13th, 5th and staying on when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Twirling Magnet (11-3) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar, 14 ran.