CUP FINAL finished a close-up fourth in a Wincanton bumper in April, despite meeting trouble in-running. The race has worked out quite well and Nicky Henderson's gelding can make a winning debut over hurdles. Irving looks a big danger as he won four times on the Flat in his native Germany and will have been well schooled. Famousandfearless was a little keen on his hurdles bow at Wetherby and faded in the closing stages. The drop back in trip might help while Magic Money won a mares' hurdle at Ludlow last time, though has more to do here under a penalty.
Arcas (IRE) 80-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Ballyalton (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Barista (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, 6th of 13, 43l behind Karinga Dancer (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Cup Final (IRE) 11-4 (10-10) Mid-division, headway on inside over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on well, 4th of 10, 6l behind The Skyfarmer (11-1) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Famousandfearless (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in rear and keen, headway before 3 out, soon went 4th, weakened before last, 4th of 10, 32l behind Rally (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
Frozen Over 6-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out until weakened before last, 6th of 9, 22l behind Rayvin Black (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Hint Of Mint 7-2fav (9-6) Chased leader until approaching final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 10l behind Consider Yourself (9-11) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul '12 (flat).
Irving 3-1 (10-3) won at Fontainebleau(FR) 1m 5f stks sft in Aug beating Telbes (10-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran (flat).
Red Seventy 14-1 (9-11) Soon taken to race alone on near side rail and well on terms, ridden and beaten when hung right to main group final furlong, 10th of 15, 13l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-13) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul (flat).
The Kvilleken 66-1 (11-0) Held up, never better than mid-division, well held final 3f, 11th of 18, 30l behind Carningli (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
The Wealerdealer (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inside, chased leaders after 4 out, 5th and no impression when veered left after 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 12, 44l behind Rydon Pynes (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs.
Watchmetail (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Un De Sceaux (11-11) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb, 22 ran.
Wicklewood 40-1 (10-3) Mid-division, weakened after 4 out, 9th of 14, 50l behind Silver Dragon (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Magic Money 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, led 3 out, clear next, wandered before last, driven and wandered flat, always just doing enough, won at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Dreams And Songs (10-10) by 3/4l, 7 ran.