Raya Star quickened well to score on his debut at Uttoxeter in March and will be interesting when faced by eight flights of hurdles. He also has to go on the short-list here, despite his penalty. Avoca Promise ran a nice race at Ascot last month and is another to consider, while Kent Street only found one too good at Newcastle. But big things will be expected of KINGS LODGE, whose family contains a number of smart performers in bumpers and over hurdles. He is Nicky Henderson's only runner at the meeting, which looks a pointer in itself.
Raya Star (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Held up in touch, challenged over 3f out, led over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar beating O Malley's Oscar (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Avoca Promise (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear and well off the pace, headway over 5f out, stayed on final 2f, never able to challenge, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Twentyfourcarat (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gs in Nov.
Blantyre 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along 8f out, headway to modest 6th 5f out, gradually weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Camden (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Cap Falco (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Banderole.
Commander Jet Kayf Tara gelding out of My Gal Ruby.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, every chance over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Chasing Aces (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Escape Exit 7-1 (11-3) Behind, outpaced over 4f out, never dangerous, 13th of 16, well behind Fridaythorpe (11-0) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Hayjack Karinga Bay gelding out of Celtic Native.
Kent Street (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Always prominent, chased winner over 5f out, pushed along over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Master Murphy (10-9) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Kings Lodge King's Theatre gelding out of Mardello.
Knockalongi Fair Mix gelding out of Understudy.
Mickytaker (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Ap; rdn to ld flat, won at Stafford Cross 2m 4f ptp gd in May beating Flanshan (12-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Rascella Bay Karinga Bay gelding out of Rascella.
So Fine (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Not So Green.
Spirit Of Barbados (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Finnisk Dream.
Steeldrivinman High-rise gelding out of Miss Betsy.
Stickaround Muhtarram mare out of Altogether Now.