Kings Bayonet hasn't run over hurdles for some time but has been performing reasonably in good company on the Flat. Bigindie was making his handicap debut when scoring very easily at Southwell but is 9lb higher now and upped in grade. Richard Johnson steered Zarawi to an easy victory at Fontwell but a 10lb rise in the weights may prove too much as VIVACISSIMO can come out on top. Dan Skelton's charge looks well handicapped over timber and though disappointing at Southwell may have found the longer trip and soft ground against him. Prince Khurram landed a Sedgefield maiden in good style and isn't out of this.
Alwaystheoptimist 50-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, 5th of 15, 19l behind Roman Flight (11-4) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Zarawi (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Held up in last, not much room 2nd, headway when hampered 6th, led after 2 out, clear flat, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd beating Green And White (11-7) by 9l, 7 ran.
Prince Khurram 13-8 (10-11) Tracked leader, led from 3rd, made rest, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f cond mdn hdle (5) gf in Apr beating Larmor (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Vivacissimo (IRE) 6-4fav (11-1) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway tracking leaders going well before 2 out, disputing 2nd 2 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Ebazan (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Bigindie (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) Towards rear, headway 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, soon led, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating Vosne Romanee (11-11) by 7l, 7 ran.
Kings Bayonet 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway after 3 out to chase leaders, weakened before last, 13th of 14, 47l behind Generous Ransom (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr '14.