Many Clouds is looking to lay to rest the curse which has seen recent Grand National winners fail to land another race. He still has time on his side and was clearly in need of the run behind Cue Card at Wetherby in October in a race in which Menorah was pulled up. But he may struggle to give 5lb to DON POLI as Willie Mullins' six-year-old beat Southfield Theatre by six lengths in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March and something was clearly amiss when he finished last when odds-on at Punchestown next time.
Many Clouds (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Held up, headway after 15th, outpaced 4 out, weakened before last, 6th of 7, 24 1/2l behind Cue Card (11-0) at Wetherby 3m (1) sft in Oct.
Menorah (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, jumped left, not fluent 10th, blundered badly 14th, soon weakened, pulled up after next, at Wetherby 3m (1) sft in Oct.
Don Poli (IRE) 4-9fav (11-10) Raced in 2nd, not fluent 12th, pushed along briefly after 5 out, not fluent 3 out, 3rd approaching straight, pushed along and dropped to last 2 out, no impression, last of 5, 10 3/4l behind Valseur Lido (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f (1) Good - Yielding in Apr.
Southfield Theatre (IRE) 7-2fav (11-11) Disputed 2nd, definite 2nd but no chance with winner from 13th, not fluent 15th, hit 18th, lost well held 2nd after 3 out, weakened, eased run-in, last of 3, dist behind Coneygree (11-11) at Sandown 3m lst (1) gs in Nov.