Orphina was nothing out of the ordinary on the flat and would need to improve greatly for being switched to hurdles to trouble Lester Leaps In who gets the vote ahead of Cockatoo and Mon Michel. The last mentioned has found one too good in each of his last three starts but Gary Moore's gelding, who was useful on the level in Ireland, is improving with each start and he has more solid claims than stablemate Panjo Bere who may struggle under his penalty. Norman Beckett has shown signs of ability but may be booked for a place at best and of more interest may be another of Gary Moore's three runners Cockatoo. He is going the right way having won his last two starts but this looks tougher under his penalties and preference is for Nicky Henderson's Lester Leaps In who ran better last time, having disappointed in better company at Cheltenham previously.
Lester Leaps In (USA) 4-1 (11-1) Led to after 2nd, remained with leader, ridden and mistake 2 out, kept on from last, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Dariak (11-1) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gf.
Mon Michel (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway after 6th, led soon after 2 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Altilhar (11-10) at Ascot 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar.
Norman Beckett 9-1 (10-0) Raced keenly in mid-division, headway after 4th, no impression on leaders when mistake 2 out, 7th of 12, 17l behind Kanad (11-5) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
The Flying Phenom 100-1 (9-11) Pulled hard, held up in touch, saddle slipped after 2nd, ridden approaching 2 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 23l behind Cantabilly (10-4) at Taunton 2m 1f app hcp 0-40 (4) gs in Feb.
Orphina (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 9th of 14, 9l behind Seneschal (9-4) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf (Flat).
Spendent Spree 100-1 (10-5) Behind, stayed on from 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 24l behind Kitty Wong (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Cockatoo (USA) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, in command when hit last, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f 4yo hdl (4) gf beating Polinamix (11-12) by 4l, 5 ran.
Panjo Bere (FR) (11-0) won at Compiegne 2m 1f hdl in Apr beating Unknown 2nd by a , 8 ran.