Le Beau Bai can land the opener at the expense of Super Nick and Prince Vector. The selection won two bumper races at Towcester and Exeter last season and was thought good enough to contest in the Festival bumber at Cheltenham in March. He was not good enough that day but should be good enough to win on his hurdles debut and will worth following in the future. Super Nick has been highly tried in the past having run at the Aintree Festival meeting. He has good form in bumper races but the stable are yet to really get into top gear this season. Prince Vector was a fair horse on the level for Alan King but is taking his time to win over hurdles. The yard are in form so he is one to note in the betting market. But for the winner we return to Le Beau Bai.
El Batal (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 16, 45l behind Breedsbreeze (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Elliott 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 15, 19l behind Sandymac (10-12) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Gun Smith 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, weakening when hit last, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Shanxi Girl (10-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gf.
Himba 40-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place approaching 6th, no danger after, 6th of 9, 37l behind Calusa Caldera (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gf.
Honour High 5-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, eased when beaten 2f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Go Amwell (7-13) at Goodwood 2m hcap (6) gf in Sept (Flat).
Le Beau Bai (FR) 100-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden 6f out, weakened 5f out, 20th of 24, 48l behind Cork All Star (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m nhf Grd 1 (1) gs in Mar.
Lord Lieutenant (FR) 250-1 (10-1) Towards rear, brief effort 7th, 15th of 18, well behind Lincoln's Inn (11-2) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Lysander's Quest (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 18, 32l behind Crimson Pirate (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (E) gd in Mar '03.
Moshahed 5-1 (11-2) 8th of 15, well behind Well Oiled (11-7) at Roscommon 2m nhf hvy in Jul.
Prince Vector 11-2 (11-10) Mid-division, jumped left 4th, headway approaching 3 out, soon no impression, went 4th when mistake last, 4th of 13, 9l behind Le Corvee (11-5) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Sept.
Winsley Hill 7-4 (10-9) In touch, chased winner over 3f out, driven, no impression over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Shoreacres (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn nhf (6) gd.
Mister Pink 12-1 (10-12) In touch until lost place 5th, soon outpaced, stayed on from 3 out, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Silver Serg (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Phoenix Hill (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up behind leaders, ridden after 7th, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out pulled up 2 out in race won by Golden Child (10-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 5 ran.
Psychomodo 8-13fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway after 5th, weakened 8th, tailed off when pulled up 4 out in race won by Learning The Blues (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gf in Mar, 11 ran.
Strong Coffee 13-2 (11-3) Always prominent, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Gypsy Scholar (10-10) at Towcester 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar.
Super Nick (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden after 6th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up at the 8th in race won by Chief Dan George (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grd 1 (1) gd in Apr, 10 ran.