Dhaafer won a maiden hurdle at Warwick last season and was third in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham in March. He has always looked likely to stay this longer trip but has plenty of weight for a four-year-old, as does Harry Hunt. Wolf Moon is better over fences, while Tricky Tree and Sir Tamburlane return from a break. Richard Guest's pair Jawaab and Dzesmin could make their presence felt, however, while Lawgiver was second at Kelso earlier this month. But it's MOGHAAYER that gets the vote as he will enjoy the ground and the likely fast pace and will be all the better for a recent pipe-opener on the Flat.
Wolf Moon (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, took keen hold, blundered badly 1st, soon lost place in rear, jumped badly right 2nd, detached 4th, pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Sonny Mullen (10-5) at Haydock 3m nov chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 6 ran.
Tricky Tree (IRE) 40-1 (10-3) Behind, ridden after 3rd, lost touch 6th, tailed off, 11th of 17, 47l behind Skint (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) gd in Mar.
Harry Hunt 66-1 (11-0) Led until after 1st, tracked leaders, weakened approaching 2 out, 11th of 23, 18l behind What A Charm (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Dhaafer 5-2fav (10-13) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden before 4 out, weakened 3 out, no chance when mistake 2 out and hampered soon after, 5th of 8, 29l behind Ultravox (10-5) at Ascot 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Moghaayer 7-4fav (11-6) Led, narrowly headed 4th, led next, ridden and headed before and hit 2 out, switched left soon after, looked held before last, driven and forced ahead near finish, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Apr beating Forest Rhythm (10-4) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Jawaab (IRE) 17-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 14, 5l behind Weetfromthechaff (11-5) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Held up behind, took keen hold, effort after 2 out, never dangerous, last of 9, well behind Benbens (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Lawgiver (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, headway before 2 out, not much room when challenged after, every chance run-in, not quicken, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Weetfromthechaff (10-10) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Easby Park 33-1 (11-2) Always well behind, tailed off 5 out, last of 14, well behind Double Vodka (11-2) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) sft in Dec '09.
Sir Tamburlane (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Led until approaching 3rd, pressed leader, pushed along after 7th, mistake 3 out, soon led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Forestside (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Risk Runner (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Towards rear, outpaced 9th, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 46l behind The Shy Man (10-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct '10.
Dzesmin (POL) 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, outpaced after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dancing Dik (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb '10, 7 ran.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 10-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway from 2 out, ridden before last, kept and no impression, 4th of 14, 18l behind Well Hello There (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.