The top four are all winners over hurdles and penalised accordingly. Copain De Classe and Peak To Peak both carry double penalties having won their latest starts at Wincanton and Plumpton respectively with the former having the edge of that pair on today’s terms. JAMESON (NAP) won a bumper on his debut and scored over hurdles at Ffos Las earlier in the month. Nicky Henderson’s charge has every chance at the weights and is also preferred to Newton Abbot winner Master Dancer, beaten under a penalty on a couple of subsequent starts.
Peak To Peak (IRE) 1-2fav (11-7) Jumped slickly and always going well, with leader, led before 3rd, joined 3 out, pushed along and asserted before the last where not that fluent, readily, won at Plumpton 2m 5f (4) gf in Apr beating Our Reward (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Jameson 4-5fav (11-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, 2nd before 4th, led going well 3 out, clear and hung left after next, went left and hit last, hung left run-in, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f (4) gd in Apr beating Ballyarthur (11-10) by 11l, 9 ran.
Sahalin 5-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 2f out, kept on and held, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Broughtons Fancy (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f stks (6) pol in Feb.
Copain De Classe (FR) 6-5fav (11-6) Made all, jumped well, drew clear 2 out, ran on well, won at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) gs in Mar beating Azzuri (11-6) by 8l, 8 ran.
Master Dancer 33-1 (11-10) In touch in mid-division, closed 4 out, lost place next, 13th of 15, dist behind Behind Time (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Aspecialpresent (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, dist behind Laser Light (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Apr.
Part And Parcel (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, lost place after 4 out, well behind when pulled up before last, at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Apr.