TIDAL WATCH impressed with the style of his success over course and distance last time and is taken to follow up for the O'Neill team off a 3lb higher mark. He travelled notably well that day before quickening away to oblige under hands and heels riding and looks a useful hurdler for the future under the forecast conditions. Blushing Red is also a course and distance winner and should prove competitive again with trip and ground to suit. Fairway Freddy completes the trio of course and distance winners and he, too,has his conditions and is not ruled out despite top weight.
Fairway Freddy (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, hit 4 out, lost 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 11, 8 1/2l behind Theatre Legend (11-7) at Ayr 2m hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Haafapiece 13-2 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, 4th and no impression when dived at last, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 9 1/4l behind Ar Mest (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp (3) gd in Dec.
Blushing Red (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Led, keen, headed 3rd, soon led again, headed before 4 out, weakened next, 9th of 12, 23 3/4l behind William H Bonney (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Red Hanrahan (IRE) 100-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, outpaced after 6th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up, at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Tidal Watch (IRE) 11-8 (11-7) Held up in touch, headway after 3 out, led next, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m hcp (4) gf in Apr beating Jacbequick (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Cabernet D'Alene (FR) 50-1 (11-12) Disputed lead until weakened 3 out, last of 5, 35 1/2l behind Tidal Watch (11-7) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Ravenous 3-1fav (11-10) Prominent, ridden to join winner last, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Sid Hoodie (11-4) at Fakenham 2m hcp (4) gf in Apr.
King Muro 11-2 (11-10) Held up towards rear, hampered 6th, headway 3 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 12, 18 3/4l behind Twenty Twenty (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp (4) gd in Mar.