ROBBERS GLEN can take the hunter chase, with Senora Moss suggested as his most serious danger. The latter has scored over course and distance, when doing so easily in May of last year, and all four of her runs under rules have been at this venue, so she knows it well. She looks capable of running well again, although the very soft ground might find her out. Natiain has plummeted in the weights, having been good enough to win when pitched at 121 in a marathon hunters' contest at Perth a couple of seasons ago. Heavy ground suits and if he retains any ability after a 10-month absence then he could go well. Dix Villez won one of Cheltenham's cross-country chases last season when the ground was soft, but he has shown no sort of form since and cannot be backed with confidence. Preference then is for Robbers Glen. The 10-year-old has two course and distance wins to his name and loves cut in the ground. Unlike so many we have mentioned, he comes here in good recent form with a Wetherby win already under his belt this month, and the manner of that victory suggests that there is more to come today.
Dix Villez (FR) 15-2 (11-11) Mid-division when blundered and fell 2nd, in a race won by Robbers Glen (12-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft, 8 ran.
First Look (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Prom til wknd qckly aft 2 out, last of 7, 6l behind Floreana (10-7) at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gd.
Natiain 9-2 (11-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 5 out, 8th of 10, 50l behind Hartburn (10-12) at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Robbers Glen (IRE) 11-4 (12-4) Held up, headway and in touch 10th, led 4 out, quickened clear last, comfortably, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft beating Alright Now M'Lad (12-4) by 11l, 8 ran.
Benbeoch 5-1fav (10-1) Always behind, lost touch and pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Treehouse (9-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr, 17 ran.
Anshan Spirit (IRE) (11-12) Ap; led 9; qcknd clr aft 3 out; easy, won at Mosshouses 3m ptp in May beating Coastley (12-5) by 15l, 5 ran.
Senora Moss 6-4fav (11-4) Led until headed 4 out, stayed handy until driven and no extra flat, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Almost Blue (11-8) at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd in May.
Floreana (GER) 8-1 (10-7) (cp) ap; str run to ld cl home, won at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gd beating Narciso (11-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Bow School (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Made all, blundered 11th, driven clear approaching last, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar beating Hi Dancer (10-12) by 6l, 4 ran.