Bob's World did well in his first season over hurdles, winning at Huntingdon and Sedgefield. The second of those victories came on heavy ground so conditions will hold no fears for Jennie Candlish's four-year-old who was also a good second to the smart Ptit Zig at Sandown in April. Karinga Dancer won a bumper and two hurdle races at the start of the year and may have more to offer but with more rain forecast IFANDBUTWHYNOT will be in his element. Successful at Newcastle and Cheltenham around this time last year, he's fairly treated and could be another winner for man-of-the-moment AP McCoy. Mwaleshi has a welter burden to defy on his reappearance while Liberty's Gift has more on his plate than when successful at Tipperary but Bygones Of Brid could figure back over hurdles.
Mwaleshi 16-1 (11-8) Made all, joined 2 out, hard driven between last 2, ridden and held on well under pressure flat, won at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar beating Eduard (11-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Karinga Dancer 8-11fav (11-6) In touch on inside, headway before 6th, went 2nd next, mistake 3 out, led and hit 2 out, soon clear easily, won at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr beating Fox Run (11-7) by 14l, 13 ran.
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway on inner before 3 out, blundered 2 out, fell last, in a race won by Court Minstrel (10-9) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Deepsand (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Held up, slightly hampered 3rd, not fluent 5th, mistake and well beaten 3 out, 9th of 16, 45l behind Barizan (10-6) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in May.
Liberty's Gift (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Made all, strongly pressed from before last, stayed on well to hold on run-in, won at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl gd beating Pink Coat (10-8) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Special Catch (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Mid-division, pushed along and outpaced 4 out, stayed on before last, 5th of 22, 10l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Bygones of Brid (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) In touch, blundered 3rd, jumped badly left 8th, soon weakened, behind when refused 2 out, in a race won by Up To Something (11-5) at Carlisle 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gd, 9 ran.
Bob's World 9-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway when jumped slowly and lost place 5th, hit 3 out, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, soon switched left, hit last, stayed on to 2nd final 135 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Ptit Zig (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Star Of Aragon (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway to go 2nd 3 out, ridden early straight and no impression in 4th before last, no extra run-in, 5th of 15, 8l behind Baresi (10-13) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl.
Cool Baranca (GER) 6-5fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, soon challenged ridden and every chance last, one pace and held flat, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Marmas (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.