Point-to-point winner THE SKYFARMER was only beaten a head at Ascot on his debut in a bumper and went close again at Kempton last time. He's preferred to Trillerin Minella and Solstice Son and can open his account. Duke's Affair looks a threat on his first start at Chepstow when finishing third but showed disturbing signs of temperament at Exeter last time when practically pulling himself up in the closing stages. Presenting The Way is a half-brother to a winner over fences and is one to note on his debut along with Cup Final.
Duke's Affair 6-1 (11-4) Unseated rider and remounted on course, ran green and steadied rear, went 3rd over 6f out, no chance final 4f, stopped to a walk and lost distant 3rd inside final furlong, rallied to 3rd post, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind The Liquidator (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Just Archie (USA) Arch gelding out of Copper Rose.
Presenting The Way (11-7) won at Trebudannon 2m 4f ptp gd in Apr '12 beating Jewellery (11-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Stella's Fella Septieme Ciel gelding out of Gaspaisie.
The Skyfarmer 11-4 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out until 2f out, no chance with easy winner, dropped to 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 14, 8l behind West Wizard (10-11) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (4) sft in Mar.
Trillerin Minella (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ww rr, 7th 1/2way, rdn in 8l 7th 6out, mod 5th 3out, chall ldr before last, kow to line, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Kilcullen Article (12-0) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp gs in Jan.
Upham Running (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Tara Brooch.
Cup Final (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Asian Maze.
Solstice Son 3-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) hvy in Dec.
The Master Remover (IRE) Royal Anthem gelding out of Kit Kat Kate.
Zayfire Aramis 40-1 (10-5) Prominent, ran green on bend over 4f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Dubai Kiss (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) gs in Mar.
Cloudy Lady 25-1 (10-11) Took keen hold in mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 14, well behind West Wizard (10-11) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (4) sft in Mar.