Burntoakboy gets the confident vote in this begginers chase with Bagan and All Things Equal rating the main dangers. The selection was the best of these over hurdles. Has reportedly schooled well at home and under conditions that suit he is taken to make a winning debut over fences. Bagan rates the main danger on his best form but the suspicion is he may just need the run after a 758 day break. All Things Equal is another that could go well but he showed little after an abscence last time out so can not be put forward with any confidence. Of the remainder Cantgeton is from a yard in-form and could go well at a price but he was let down by his jumping last time out and with this in mind for the winner we return to Burntoak Boy.
All Things Equal (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased leader, hit 1st, blundered and lost place 9th, 16th of 17, well behind Salut Saint Cloud (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd.
Bagan (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Towards rear, progress into 5th approaching 2 out, moderate 4th before last, soon no extra, 5th of 11, 12l behind Asian Maze (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f nov hdl Grd 1 sft in Apr '05.
Burntoakboy 14-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 19, 19l behind Abragante (11-0) at Haydock 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) gd.
McQueen (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 8, 41l behind Self Respect (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
The Ring (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) In touch, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 8th of 15, 11l behind Double Vodka (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Cantgeton (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Led, 2 lengths ahead when fell 3 out in race won by Chain (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f beg chs (4) gf in Apr, 4 ran.
Little Rocker (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Prominent to 8th, soon lost place, 10th of 16, 41l behind Mckelvey (11-5) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Mar.
Moorlaw (IRE) 7-2jt-fav (10-13) Struggling from 9th, 6th of 8, 21l behind Kids Inheritance (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.