Astracad blundered his way around Aintree last month before eventually falling in the race in which KINGS GREY finished fourth and Anquetta 11th. Keith Reveley's consistent sort has scored at Southwell since and may be worth sticking with here, though he doesn't win as often as he should. Woolcombe Folly and Doeslessthanme both have form at a higher level but disappointed last season and more interesting is Rajnagan, who ran well over hurdles at Taunton earlier this month and looks to be on the way back. The better ground will suit Mister Matt, who beat Trooper Clarence here last summer, but Mostly Bob and Gallox Bridge have a bit to prove on recent form.
Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, headway to chase leaders 7th, slightly lost place next, chased leading pair after 10th, disputing 2nd from 2 out, no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Hunt Ball (11-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs (2) gf in Apr.
Doeslessthanme (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 8, 19l behind Ballygarvey (10-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Feb.
Astracad (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, jumped left 3rd, fell 6th, in a race won by Oiseau de Nuit (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
Kings Grey (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, headed approaching 10th, went 2nd after 2 out, led last, ran on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating Montoya's Son (10-11) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Rajnagan (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Cry Of Freedom (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf.
Anquetta (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Raced off the pace in last quartet, hit 3rd, closed when mistake 5th, mistake next (water), pushed along 8th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Anay Turge (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) sft in Apr.
Mister Matt (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Led until 2nd, remained handy, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, 49l behind Anay Turge (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) sft in Apr.
Mostly Bob (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, mistake 7th, struggling 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Monbeg Dude (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov, 16 ran.
Gallox Bridge 7-2 (11-10) Led, clear 4 out, reduced lead when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Morgan's Bay (9-10) at Kempton 2m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 7 ran.
Trooper Clarence 33-1 (10-8) Tended to jump left, always in rear, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Gus Macrae (9-12) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.