Gustave Mahler, a useful hurdler, was 0-6 over fences in novice company last year but is having a first run in a hunter chase and has to be respected, despite a lay-off. Willem won by 30 lengths between the flags last month but has a poor strike-rate under Rules. SAM CAVALLARO is now a teenager but won this in in 2015 and 2016 and has been placed in both subsequent renewals. He proved his well-being at Chaddesley Corbett last month and Bryan Carver is good value for his 7lb claim.
Gustave Mahler (IRE) 7-4 (11-8) Tracked leading pair, led 3rd, jumped slowly and briefly headed 9th (water), joined last, headed soon after, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Sumkindofking (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Saffron Wells (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) (cp) led; wl clr 13-3 out; hdd & wknd last, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Herbert Park (11-2) at Upcott Cross 3m gs in Apr.
Sam Cavallaro (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) (cp) led 3; rdn clr aft 3 out; held on wl, won at Chaddesley Corbett 2m 4f gd in Apr beating Hafajay (12-0) by 2l, 3 ran.
The Winningtipster Evens (12-0) (cp) led 5 til blun & ur 3 out, at Badbury Rings 3m mdn gd in Apr.
Western Dream 33-1 (12-0) (bl) (tt) hdwy 7; wknd 10; t.o, 8th of 13, dist behind Celtic Silver (12-0) at Mollington 2m 4f gd in Apr.
Willem (FR) 2-1 (12-0) won at Kingston St Mary 3m gd in Apr beating Gingili (12-7) by 30l, 3 ran.
Dissertation 66-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, hit 6th and lost place, behind 10th, mistake and left remote 3rd 4 out, 3rd of 6, dist behind Arthur's Secret (12-6) at Ludlow 2m 4f (4) gs in Mar.
Red Inca 8-1 (12-0) Prsd ldr 12 til wknd aft 3 out; lft solo last, won at Paxford 3m gd in Apr