COOMBE HILL has run well either side of being pulled up in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham last month. It could be his turn again today ahead of Rumbury Grey. The latter has been well beaten despite finishing second on his last couple of starts but still finished well ahead of Postmaster at Doncaster in February. How's My Friend is usually thereabouts in these events while Rumbavu has won a point-to-point since finishing runner-up at Catterick last month and can also figure.
Coombe Hill 5-2 (12-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd 12th, led after 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Benedictus (11-9) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (6) gf.
Postmaster 7-1 (11-11) Held up in touch, outpaced from 6 out, when remote 2nd before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 45l behind Dante's Storm (12-0) at Doncaster 3m 2f hts chs (6) gd in Feb.
Rumbury Grey 11-8fav (12-1) Led until not fluent 1st, tracked leader until 6th and again from 7th, led 10th, not fluent 11th or 12th, mistake and headed 13th, soon led again, headed when mistake 4 out, jumped left and no extra from 2 out, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Surenaga (11-13) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gs in Mar.
Shootin The Breeze (IRE) 12-1 (11-13) Chasing leaders when stumbled badly and dropped to rear 1st, mistakes next and 3rd, ralled to chase leader 8th until 11th, chased leading pair until 13th, soon weakened, disputing poor 4th when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Gwanako (11-13) at Sandown 2m 4f hts chs (5) sft in Mar, 5 ran.
How's My Friend 7-1 (11-9) Raced wide, held up in rear, never involved, 5th of 8, 35l behind Benedictus (11-9) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (6) gf.
Louis Pasteur (IRE) 100-1 (12-0) Tracked leader, blundered and lost place 8th, chased leaders until lost place 13th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 18th, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Rumbavu (IRE) Evens (12-0) (cp) led 6-8; led 11; rdn clr 2 out, won at Old Berkshire 3m ptp gs beating Or Bleu (12-0) by 10l, 5 ran.
Who Else Knew (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Led 13; drvn out, won at New Forest 3m ptp sft in Mar beating Flanshan (12-0) by 3l, 7 ran.