Casa Tall made his UK debut in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham but never looked like making a winning start for Tom George and an official rating of 135 may overestimate his ability. CORNERSTONE LAD is a proving a tough and useful juvenile hurdler. He has won at Hexham and Catterick this season and has also run some sound races in defeat. He relishes soft ground and looks the one to beat. All-weather winner Akkadian Empire has shown little so far over hurdles but Imperial Nemesis may do better now having a few obstacles to negotiate.
Casa Tall (FR) 25-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, 13th of 22, dist behind Veneer Of Charm (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (1) sft in Mar.
Cornerstone Lad 2-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway to go 4th before 2 out, ridden before last, chased winner run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Kelpies Myth (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 1f (4) sft in Apr.
Asylo (IRE) 150-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 14, 36 1/4l behind Michael's Mount (11-3) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) gs in Feb.
Chookie Royale 17-2 (11-5) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, weakened last, 7th of 11, 26 3/4l behind The Road Home (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m mdn (5) gs in Jan.
Friends In Heaven (IRE) Evens (12-2) Ww rr, prog in 4th 6out, cl en 4th when slow 4out, 2l 2nd & btn when mstk 2out, 3rd last, 2nd run-in, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Mushera Mor (12-2) at Dawstown 3m mdn gd in May.
Geordielandgangsta 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear but in touch, under pressure well over 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 22 1/4l behind Lily's Gem (10-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f (5) sft in Apr.
Imperial Nemesis (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, never involved, 11th of 14, 30 1/4l behind Sevarano (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn (5) sft in Feb.
J And M Greengairs 100-1 (11-1) Keen, held up tracking leaders, went 2nd 8th until pushed along weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Bedrock (12-1) at Musselburgh 2m 3f (4) gs in Mar.
Macardle (IRE) 22-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 8th of 10, 24 3/4l behind Largy Glory (10-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f (5) sft in Apr.
Mr Sandgate (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, at Ayr 2m 4f mdn (5) hvy in Feb.
That's Life (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up, not always fluent, weakening when mistake 7th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after, at Bangor 2m 4f (4) sft in Mar.
Akkadian Empire 9-2 (9-5) Raced wide keen tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 4 3/4l behind Seven Clans (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Classical Rose 33-1 (11-7) Soon towards rear, no danger from 7th, 11th of 15, dist behind Azua Emery (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn sft in Apr.