tracked leaders, closed 8th, bumped 10th, led next, clear 2 out, edged left flat, stayed on well
held up in touch in rear, went 2nd before 4 out, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd flat
led, jumped left at times, not fluent 10th, headed next, weakened 3 out
tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out, ridden before next, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner
tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, closed after 7th, mistake 11th, soon struggling, weakened 3 out
Hazy Tom is the only one with a recent run under his belt but he's facing much tougher opposition than that he beat at Bangor last month. TAP NIGHT is the highest rated of these on official figures and has arguably the best piece of form with a second to Captain Conan in a Grade 1 novice chase at Aintree in April. He's just preferred to winning handicapper Cloudy Too and Grey Gold, who signed off last season winning a three-runner affair at Punchestown. Violin Davis was progressive last season though she's still some way behind the principals on form.
Cloudy Too (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5 out until mistake 3 out, stayed on flat, every chance close home, just held, 3rd of 12, hd behind Cedre Bleu (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Grey Gold (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Soon tracked leader in 2nd, led 3 out, pressed next, left clear last, won at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs hvy in Apr beating Mikael D'Haguenet (11-12) by 37l, 3 ran.
Hazy Tom (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Made all, mistake 9th, strongly challenged after 3 out, forged clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct beating Lamboro Lad (11-2) by 9l, 4 ran.
Tap Night (USA) 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, every chance and challenged 3 out, weakened next, left poor 2nd from last, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Rajdhani Express (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Violin Davis (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 10th or 4 out, pushed along next, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 42l behind Tara Rose (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Apr.