Lady De La Vega doesn't look an easy ride and was tailed off over a longer trip at Fontwell last month. Azulada Bay has been below par since returning from a break while Horseshoe Reef is now tried in a visor after failing to beat a horse home in his last two starts. SPANISH CRUISE hasn't run over fences for 18 months but has been in decent form over timber and is probably well handicapped at present. Providing his jumping holds up, David Pipe's grey should take all the beating in this.
Horseshoe Reef (AUS) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced 4 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Wake Board (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Tampa Boy (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 3rd, ridden 11th, hampered 3 out, soon weakened, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Minella Theatre (11-12) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Lady De La Vega (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in last trio, headway to chase leaders approaching 13th, mistake and lost place 17th, pushed along and struggling before 3 out, no chance when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind River Indus (10-6) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Spanish Cruise (IRE) 5-1fav (11-5) With leader, not fluent 7th, soon led, headed 3 out, still close 2nd when mistake last, no extra final 150 yards, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Fade To Grey (11-6) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Tighe Caster 9-1 (10-11) Tracked leader until 2nd, mistake next, chased clear pair from 4 out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Gentleman Anshan (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Foxesbow (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, hit 10th, soon weakened, pulled up approaching 13th, in a race won by Ratify (10-8) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 10 ran.
Azulada Bay (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, badly outpaced 9th, rallied from 2 out, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 21l behind Home (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Foreign King (USA) 13-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, hit 4th, reminders approaching 6th, soon quickly weakened, last of 7, well behind Teshali (10-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.