DANCE TEMPO has gone well following a break in the past and his defeat of Weekend Millionair over hurdles at Huntingdon in October turned out to be decent form. He should take all the beating if taking to the larger obstacles. Captain Brown is another returning from a lay-off but he also has plenty of scope while French import Le Bacardy has settled in quickly to his new surroundings and won over timber at Newbury in March. King Spirit, Ubaltique and Wheres The Hare are others who catch the eye in an interesting contest and Harry Hunt has already had a couple of runs over fences and can't be ignored.
Captain Brown 5-6fav (11-4) Led, soon clear, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 26l behind Fleet Dawn (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Dance Tempo 5-2 (11-5) Led, jumped left 2nd and 4th, headed after 5th, mistake next, reminders and lost place 7th, rallied after 3 out, challenging when not fluent 2 out, led before last, edged right flat, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Weekend Millionair (11-5) by 2l, 8 ran.
Harry Hunt 100-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden and struggling before 3 out, no impression, 11th of 23, 45l behind Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
King Spirit (IRE) 15-8fav (10-11) Led, ridden 3 out, mistake and headed next, hung left and one pace in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Bally Rone (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Le Bacardy (FR) 40-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, one pace from last, 9th of 22, 16l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Pipe Banner 22-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Wise Move (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan '12.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 8th of 11, 39l behind Turn Over Sivola (11-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Ubaltique (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened next, 7th of 10, 41l behind Kaylif Aramis (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.
Wheres The Hare (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Prominent, ridden after 8th, lost place before 3 out, well beaten next, 6th of 10, 39l behind Staccato Valtat (10-6) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.