CAPTAIN KELLY is likely to be sent off a short-priced favourite for this opener. Successful in a jumpers' bumper at Wolverhampton in January, he was a shade disappointing when only third at Doncaster back over hurdles but wasn't beaten far and these look a modest bunch. I'm The Article showed promise when fourth at Chepstow and may be the one for forecast-backers as bumper winner Accordion Exhibit has been pulled up in both starts over timber. More Glory looks best of the rest.
Accordion Exhibit (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) In rear, pushed along after 5th, reminders before 6th, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Westward Point (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Captain Kelly (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Tracked leader, led before bumped 3 out, lost 2nd after 3 out, soon switched left, rallied to 2nd before last, no impression on winner, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Massini Lotto (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Gleannacreim (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Not always fluent in rear, well beaten 4 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Solitary Palm (10-0) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
I'm The Article (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th after last, never nearer, 4th of 12, 16l behind Western Warhorse (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
More Glory (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 8, 49l behind Ballyculla (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Obscurity (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 16, 45l behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Portmeade 12-1 (10-5) In rear, ridden 7th, behind 9th, no impression, 7th of 13, 34l behind Sovereign Spirit (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Trakeur (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Led, headed over 7f out, quickly weakened, last of 9, well behind Southfield Vic (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Up Your Game (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Raced on inside, chased leaders, weakened 7th, tailed off, 9th of 11, 48l behind Seebright (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.