Henry Hook has ability but proved very hard to predict over hurdles and he is probably best watched on his fencing bow. Princeful has been difficult to train but has already had three runs over the larger obstacles, finishing second at Lingfield and Ffos Las. He can't be ignored along with Donald McCain's five-year-old Rawaaj but Gus Macrae is already beginning to look exposed in this sphere. DR LIVINGSTONE has a rating of a 124 over hurdles and has been fighting a losing battle with the handicapper for some time. He also has a high rating on the Flat so Charlie Egerton doesn't have much option but to send him over fences - he has the class to land this if jumping adequately.
Dr Livingstone (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division,headway when mistake 3 out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 19l behind Numide (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) In touch in chasing group, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 25l behind Sunley Peace (10-3) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Henry Hook (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Raced wide, slight lead, clear before 4th until hung badly left when headed and mistake 6th, weakened next, behind and continued to hang left after, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Time For Spring (11-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Princeful (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, 3rd and no impression after 11th, blundered badly 2 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 12l behind Kerada (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Feb.
Rawaaj 6-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place after 2nd, last 4th, behind next, no impression after, 7th of 11, 40l behind Haarth Sovereign (11-0) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.