Irish raider GLENTURN gets the nod. The Taipan gelding made a pleasing return from a long spell on the sidelines when seventh at Punchestown and he looks to have been found a soft opportunity now travelling the Irish Sea. The Rustlin Rhino will need to respect his fences more than he did his hurdles at Carlisle, Gunship is a solid front-runner but high enough in the weights, whilst Rebel Rock was a winner between the flags at Knockanard when last seen over 600 days ago. Panthers Run is the other to consider in a very winnable race.
Gunship (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) With leader, led 11th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 9, 48l behind Bobby Bullock (11-1) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (4) gs.
The Rustlin Rhino 11-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, led 8th, mistake 3 out, hit next, headed and blundered last, weakened flat, 5th of 12, 11l behind Bardolet (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 1f am nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Oct.
Aspolan (GER) 7-1 (11-9) In rear, blundered 1st, headway 12th, weakened 4 out, 4th of 6, well behind Justabout (11-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Glenturn (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 8th 5 out, ridden and no impression in moderate 6th after 3 out, 7th of 18, 30l behind Beautiful Sound (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109.
Killfinnan Castle (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Chased leading trio, reminders after 3rd, chasing leading pair and reminders 9th, mistake 11th, weakened 4 out, 4th of 7, 42l behind Qualypso D'allier (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp 0-90 (5) gs in Oct.
Bearneen Boy (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, led 5th, headed and weakened after 7th, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Just The Job (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Rebel Rock (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Mid div, 7th 6out, prog bef 4out, smooth run on inner to ld uphill well aftr 2out, kow, won at Knockanard 3m ire ptp hvy in Feb '09 beating Trimmer (12-0) by 8l, 18 ran.
Panthers Run 10-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, chased winner approaching 3 out until approaching 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Schinken Otto (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.