Nicky Henderson has trained the winner of the last two renewals but the jury is out on Minella Class at the moment. He's failed to complete in three subsequent starts after a decent debut over fences last November and RESTLESS HARRY makes more appeal. A Grade 2 winning hurdler, a recent outing over timber at Wetherby will have blown any cobwebs away and he'll go close if taking to the larger obstacles. Arthurian Legend finished last on his chasing debut at the start of the year but returned to action with a close-up second over hurdles at Chepstow. He's preferred to Shuil Royale but Theatrical Star jumped well on his chasing bow at Exeter last month and could run a big race. Tenor Nivernais has a first preference in the 1.55 at Haydock today.
Arthurian Legend 4-1 (10-4) Held up in mid-division, headway before 7th, chased leaders before 4 out, led 3 out, ridden before headed approaching last, rallied close home, just heldl, 2nd of 13, nk behind Lamb Or Cod (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Minella Class (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division, jumped slowly 1st, headway approaching 3 out, not much room and stumbled next, weakened before last and pulled up, in a race won by Pateese (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr, 10 ran.
Restless Harry 15-2 (11-8) With leader, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, last of 6, 47l behind Tidal Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hdl G2 (1) gs.
Shuil Royale (IRE) 7-2fav (10-6) Held up when fell 1st, in a race won by Bear's Affair (10-13) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar, 16 ran.
Tenor Nivernais (FR) 50-1 (10-11) Behind, struggling 9th, never near leaders, 9th of 21, 27l behind Cape Tribulation (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Theatrical Star 12-1 (11-2) Led to after 1st, tracked leaders, one pace when left 4th and hampered 4 out, kept on to take 3rd last, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Rebel Rebellion (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct.