Though a runner-up over hurdles here last time, Heavey will need to improve on his previous efforts over fences. Sizing Cusimano has failed to build on an earlier second at Wincanton while cheekpieces brought no improvement from Big Nasty at Chepstow but EBONY GALE ran well again at Kempton last time having scored at Taunton before that and Philip Hobbs’ charge looks the most likely to run his race. Huntsmans Jog has won between the flags and over hurdles and makes his chasing debut for a yard in good form.
Huntsmans Jog (IRE) 11-4jfav (11-12) Midfield, niggled along and went clear 2nd before 3 out, pushed along after last, outpaced and lost place close home, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Imperial Knight (11-12) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Big Nasty 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, driven after 13th, lost place before mistake 5 out, well beaten next, 6th of 12, 28l behind No Rematch (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) hvy in Feb.
Sizing Cusimano 9-2 (11-7) Prominent, disputed lead after 3rd, pushed along 4 out, lost position before 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 9, 14l behind Sumkindofking (11-7) at Taunton 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Heavey 4-1fav (11-2) Held up just worse than midfield, smooth headway after 8th, shaken up to challenge for lead before 2 out, kept on same pace after last, not reach winner closing stages, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Poppa Poutine (11-4) at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Ebony Gale 3-1 (11-3) Raced keenly, held up in close 4th on inside, headway on inside in 3rd before 3 out, disputing well held 2nd next until no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 5 3/4l behind Peur De Rien (11-0) at Kempton 3m hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Voyage De Retour (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway to midfield 9th, ridden to chase leading trio 11th, lost touch 3 out, tailed off 2 out, came home in own time, 4th of 10, dist behind Fraternel (11-8) at Hereford 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Oh Land Abloom (IRE) 13-2 (12-1) Held up on outside, closed 3rd, lost place 10th, ridden before next, mistake 13th, well beaten next, pulled up before 3 out, at Market Rasen 3m hcp (4) gd in Apr.