This isn't a bad contest for the time of year and Philip Hobbs runs two with Richard Johnson partnering Ballytober, who is eased in grade. The Potting Shed probably needed last month's run at Cheltenham and has a chance on his form in the autumn while the enigmatic Larks Lad could be interesting reunited with A P McCoy. Tara Rose steps up in trip but the mare is back on a winning mark and can't be ignored. Dreams Of Milan finished ahead of Houndscourt at Wetherby in December but the latter has always looked the type to make a chaser and may be a better long-term prospect. It might be worth forgiving YOUNG HURRICANE a poor run at Southwell as he's a consistent sort overall and has a chance of ending a frustrating sequence in this.
Dreams Of Milan (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up behind, ridden 3 out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 13l behind Ballyoliver (11-3) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Tara Rose 6-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, led 2nd, blundered and headed 7th, chased leader, hampered by loose horse 8th, hit 10th, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 9, 42l behind Stonethrower (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Ballytober 4-1 (11-5) Held up in touch towards rear on inside, jumped slowly 3rd (water) and 11th (water), effort 4 out, lost place next, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 8, 39l behind Seebright (11-8) at Perth 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft in Apr.
Houndscourt (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Chased winner until pushed along before 7th, chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, hit last, 6th of 10, 30l behind Gun Shy (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
The Potting Shed (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, lost place 16th, pulled up after, in a race won by Lamb Or Cod (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Larks Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Held up, fell 2nd, in a race won by Paint The Clouds (11-12) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Off The Wall (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened from 16th, blundered 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Water Wagtail (10-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr, 8 ran.
Young Hurricane (IRE) 11-4fav (11-3) Tracked leader until 9th, weakened 3 out, pulled next, in a race won by Ice 'n' Easy (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Danandy (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Towards rear, pushed along before 12th, never dangerous, tailed off 5 out, 11th of 12, well behind Ifyousayso (11-7) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Balinroab (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 27l behind Everaard (10-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Ballycassel (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, some headway before 3rd, ridden and well beaten 3 out, 7th of 12, well behind Riddlestown (11-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.