Western King got back to winning ways at Ludlow last month but has tended to struggle in this higher grade in the past. Forresters Folly, Bertie Boru and Sin Bin are all interesting tackling fences for the first time but Coole River fell heavily when fancied at Wincanton last time and both Hatters River and The Mumper have been off the track for a while. GUESS AGAIN beat a couple of more experienced and in-form rivals on only his second start over fences at Warwick. That was a conditionals' race so David Pipe's charge can race off the same mark in this and is hard to oppose.
Forresters Folly 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 7th, pushed along and outpaced before 2 out, kept on same pace in 4th, mistake last, 4th of 7, 30l behind Southfield Theatre (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Western King (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, pushed along after 12th, not fluent 14th, closed from 15th, challenging when pecked 4 out, led 3 out, idled from next, driven out, won at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct beating Raduis Bleu (10-12) by 3l, 8 ran.
Coole River (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up towardd rear when baulked and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway 4 out, effort when mistake next, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd between last 2, kept on, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Flicka Williams (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Guess Again (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 5th, bumped 9th, went 2nd 11th, led 3 out, driven flat, hung left towards finish, all out, won at Warwick 3m 2f (4) gs beating Whistling Senator (11-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Sin Bin (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Mid-division, headway to track leader after 7th, led narrowly last, headed flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Josies Orders (10-13) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Hatters River (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 7th, chased leaders 3 out, led approaching last, soon strongly challenged, hard ridden, all out, just held on, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr beating Master Milan (11-3) by shd, 15 ran.
The Mumper (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 12, 27l behind Taigan (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.