Gilbarry won the Grade 2 Champion Novice Chase at Ayr back in April but carries a penalty for doing so which favours HIDDEN KEEL. Charlie Longsdon's charge is rated 1lb higher than the top weight and, though he hasn't run since April, won his latest two starts at Exeter in the style of a potentially smart chaser. Divers was last seen winning at Cheltenham in March, though he's got a bit to find with the selection on today's terms, while the weights put C&D winner Lord Villez at an even bigger disadvantage. Mr Moonshine and Kellystown Lad are hard to fancy.
Gilbarry (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Held up in touch when fell 7th, in a race won by Tataniano (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) gd, 6 ran.
Divers (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Raced keenly, held up behind, steady headway on inside 4 out, tracked leaders next, challenged last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar beating Quantitativeeasing (11-11) by 2 3/4l, 20 ran.
Hidden Keel 11-8fav (11-12) Made all, mistake 7th, jumped right from next, mistake 3 out, soon clear and well in command, eased flat, very easily, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (4) gd in Apr beating Rougham (11-5) by 21l, 8 ran.
Kellystown Lad (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Behind, reminders after 4th, soon in rear, never dangerous, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Pouvoir (11-1) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Lord Villez (FR) 6-4 (10-12) Tracked leader until ridden 3 out, kept on pace, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Indian Groom (10-12) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (4) gf in Apr.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 5th, with leader next, weakened before 2 out, 12th of 20, 49l behind Battle Group (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Apr.