Only four are due to face the starter in this opener but it's still difficult to make a case for Spring Wine. Gentleman Jeff is also thoroughly exposed and has shown little since finishing second at Catterick in January but Prince Of Denial won at Market Rasen on only his third start over fences, though ideally needs further than this. WELL GREEN's best form over hurdles was also over further but he hails from a yard that continues in terrific form and is fancied to make a winning start to his career over the larger obstacles.
Prince Of Denial (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) In rear, headway before 5 out, went 2nd after 4 out, hampered 2 out, led narrowly before last when left about 3 lengths clear, kept on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in Jun beating Mr Nosie (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Gentleman Jeff (USA) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leader to 3rd, every chance 3 out, close 2nd when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Strumble Head (10-9) at Ffos Las 2m nov chs (4) sft in Jun, 4 ran.
Spring Wine (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Led and jumped right throughout, mistake 7th, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 12l behind Stafford Charlie (9-11) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Well Green (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 5th, ridden before last, no impression, 2nd of 4, 26l behind Leac An Scail (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jun.