Ice Cool Benny has plenty of experience over regulation fences but had to be ridden right out to justify favouritism in a three-runner race at Maisemore Park earlier this month and has a penalty to carry here. He was only fifth in this race last year. Bob Almighty finally got off the mark in a maiden at the same meeting but has more on his plate now while Invisible Man was a beaten favourite at Wheatland after winning a Ladies Open at Brampton Bryan. TEMAIR FEIS won an open maiden by four lengths at Garthorpe last month under Richard Spencer. That was an improved effort and he could be worth an interest in this opener.
Ice Cool Benny (IRE) 4-9 (12-0) (cp) led til hdd last; rallied to ld flat, won at North Ledbury 3m ptp gf beating Archie Boy (12-7) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Bob Almighty (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Made all; ro wl, won at North Ledbury 3m ptp gf beating George Dore (12-0) by 12l, 11 ran.
Invisible Man (FR) 5-4 (12-5) (tt) ap; eff app 2 out; one pce, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Shales Rock (12-0) at Wheatland 3m ptp gf.
Minella (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) (cp) (tt) prom til wknd 12; to & pu last, in a race won by Easily Pleased (12-0) at Curre & Llangibby 3m ptp gf in Apr, 15 ran.
Near The Water (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up, outpaced 12th, closed slightly 3 out, no impression, 4th of 5, 17l behind Master Medic (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 5f Ladies Hunter Chase (5yo+) (5) gs.
Quatuor Collonges (FR) 50-1 (11-3) Prominent early, tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, beaten when jumped left 2 out, 5th of 17, 23l behind Harbour Court (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hts chs (4) gd.
Stone (IRE) 2-1 (12-3) (tt) hdwy 11; lft 2nd 15; unable qckn flat, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Crescent Island (12-0) at North Ledbury 3m ptp gf.
Temair Feis 5-1 (12-0) Made all; hung lft flat; ro wl, won at Quorn 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Murphys Promise (12-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
The Magherally Man (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Mists; fdd 15; pu 2 out, in a race won by Ethiopia (12-7) at Teme Valley 3m ptp gd in Apr, 4 ran.
The Walnut Tree (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) (v) cl up til wknd 15, last of 3, well behind Ice Cool Benny (12-0) at North Ledbury 3m ptp gf.
Rainbow Trout (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led 7-10; wknd 3 out; to, 4th of 8, well behind Ringadingadoo (11-7) at Croome & West Warwickshire 3m ptp gs in Mar.