A tricky hurdles event to start the card and we will give a narrow vote to Different Class, Mightymuller and Injunear may provide most danger. Jonjo O'Neil's seven-year-old is very lightly raced and having shown plenty of ability on his debut, disappointed on his next two outings. However the stable wasn't in very good form at the time and this well bred gelding is given a chance to atone in quite a weak event. Mightymuller drops in trip following a decent run at Fontwell last time and will be hard to keep out of the places. Meanwhile Injunear is the dark horse in the line up. He hasn't raced since April 2004 when a promising fourth in a strong event. He hails from a yard in top form and so should be monitored closely in the market. John Diamond looks the pick of the two Henrietta Knight runners, but we return to Different Class as our idea of the winner.
Different Class (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Always behind, tailed off and pulled up 4 out in race won by Kipsigis (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (E) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Hatton House (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leader to approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 18, 20l behind Fier Normand (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (E) hvy in Dec.
Injunear (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led 8th, ridden and headed 2 out, soon no extra, 4th of 8, 6l behind Earlsfield Raider (10-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (E) gd in Apr '04.
John Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, ridden and weakened after 2 out, 5th of 6, 20l behind Pirate Flagship (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f nov hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Lucent (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Mid-division until weakened after 5th, 7th of 12, well behind Kingham (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Monsieur Georges (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Always in rear, reminder 7th and pulled up at the 10th in race won by Sissinghurst Storm (10-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs in Apr, 15 ran.
Saddlers' Son (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden 2 out, soon outpaced, 6th of 12, 12l behind Lethem Air (11-0) at Perth 2m mdn hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Mightymuller (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Led after 3rd, headed 3 out, one pace and no impression when switched left approaching last, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Maljimar (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Mar.