Jet Set has had his jumping problems since landing a Huntingdon maiden hurdle last year but Espoire De Loire scored over timber at Warwick in March and makes his debut over fences. The lack of a recent run shouldn't be a problem while Ice Galley, another having his first start over the bigger obstacles, scored at Market Rasen in March and ran well in a better class race back there the following month. Castletown is very consistent, scoring over hurdles at Ayr in April and running well over fences here last month. He looks certain to go well though BENNY'S SECRET had a bit in hand when beating Izzy's Champion over the course and distance last month and looks the one to beat as Court Dreaming needs a confidence booster.
Court Dreaming (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Jumped slow, chased clear leading pair, weakened and pulled up 6 out, at Carlisle 2m 4f (3) sft in Nov.
Jet Set (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Chased leaders on inside fell 15th, at Southwell 3m hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Espoir De Loire (FR) 6-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, led after 3 out, headed before 2 out, beaten last, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 13, 11 3/4l behind Comrade Conrad (11-3) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Mountain Hawk (IRE) 22-1 (10-5) Held up, headway after 5th, not fluent 8th, lost place next, not fluent and weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 22l behind Rose Sea Has (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Ice Galley (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Dwelt, held up, never dangerous, last of 9, 25 1/4l behind Mugatoo (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in May.
Benny's Secret (IRE) 9-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, smooth headway approaching 4 out, close 2nd at the last, quickened to lead run-in, comfortably, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov beating Izzy's Champion (11-1) by 2l, 10 ran.
Castletown (FR) 10-3 (11-1) Led, headed 4th, pressed leader, led again 4 out, ridden and joined 2 out, headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Court Master (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Izzy's Champion (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Held up in mid-division, headway when left in 3rd at 12th, went 2nd soon after 4 out, every chance next until before 2 out, lost 2nd at the last, went 2nd again near finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Benny's Secret (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov.