All-weather bumper winner Very Noble went the closest yet to opening his account over timber when third at Taunton last month. PROUTS PUB is similar in that he too won a bumper on the Polytrack before making the frame at Stratford. But collateral form just gives him the edge over Very Noble and he gets the vote. Paradise Valley was a well beaten third on his hurdling bow at Southwell but is expected to do better on this faster surface while Smart Motive is also worth a second glance hurdling for the first time today.
Free Of Charge (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Took keen hold in rear, headway over 5f out, soon no impression, 10th of 12, 33l behind Miles To Memphis (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
King's Ciel 200-1 (10-5) In rear, struggling 4th, soon lost touch, plugging on in dispute of modest 8th when blundered last, 8th of 18, 25l behind Gentleman Jon (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Paradise Valley (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) Led, headed 6th, tracked winner, lost 2 briefly after 3 out, effort next, no chance with winner when ridden and lost 2nd between last 2, 3rd of 4, 19l behind Templebraden (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Prouts Pub (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, headed before last, ridden and no chance with winner flat, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 13, 9l behind Kelvingrove (10-2) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Rocket Scientist 25-1 (11-0) Held up well off the pace towards rear, tailed off in 6th when wandered approaching last, 6th of 11, 42l behind Benbecula (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Sideways when tape went up and slowly away, took keen hold and behind until 3rd, weakened before 3 out, fell next, in a race won by Sea Lord (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in May, 10 ran.
Vauban Du Seuil (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leading pair, left in 2nd place 4th, led soon after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd between last 2, weakening when left modest 3rd at the last, dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 11, 21l behind Attwaal (11-3) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Very Noble (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, driven after 3 out, stayed on strongly approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Hint Of Mint (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Mutashabek (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Dwelt, always behind, tailed off 4f out, 10th of 11, well behind Thorpe (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct (flat).
Smart Motive 16-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 9l behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-6) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Italian Symphony (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Held up in last pair, plugged on run-in, never involved, 7th of 13, 32l behind Garde La Victoire (11-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.