Speed Steed has arrived here via an unconventional route having run in two novices chases and a beginner's chase. Tim Vaughan's six-year-old has started at odds-on in his last two starts but has come up short and he's up against a number of battle-hardened hunter chasers today. RASH MOVE may be a 12-year-old but he ran a blinder in the Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree and won this 12 months ago. He can score again ahead of Marky Bob, Louis Pasteur and 2011 winner Noble Ben. Party Pictures had the latter and Himalayan Express behind when second at Exeter and should also figure.
Marky Bob (IRE) 7-2 (11-13) Led, soon clear, not fluent 10th, headed before 2 out, well held in 2nd when mistake last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 12l behind Presentandcorrect (11-11) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Rash Move (IRE) 40-1 (12-0) In touch, chased leaders 5th, blundered 10th(Bechers), blundered 14th, led 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 24, 4l behind Tartan Snow (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd in Apr.
Himalayan Express 14-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, outpaced after 13th, poor 4th 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 8, 31l behind Presentandcorrect (11-11) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Louis Pasteur (IRE) 7-1 (12-7) (cp) hdwy 12; one pce 3 out, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Kirkleigh (12-7) at Seavington 3m ptp gd in Apr.
What Of It (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Prominent, led approaching 5th, headed next, led before 4 out, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Forest Walker (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Bromhead (USA) 40-1 (11-5) In rear, headway before 4th, went 2nd next until 6th, weakened 9th, behind when mistake 11th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Parkam Jack (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Caulkin (IRE) 4-6 (12-5) Led to 3; led 7; unchall, won at West Norfolk 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Rock Alliance (12-5) by 20l, 6 ran.
Getyouracttogether (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) (tt) no hdwy 15; pu last, in a race won by Shernally (11-0) at Ludlow 3m ptp gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Noble Ben (IRE) 4-5 (12-7) Hdwy 8; led 15 til hdd & wknd qckly app 2 out, 3rd of 7, 27l behind Oedipe (12-7) at Ledbury 3m ptp sft in Apr.
Parazar (FR) 5-2 (12-0) (cp) led to 5 & 10 til hdd & wknd qckly 15; virt pu flat, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Uncle Keef (12-0) at East Cornwall 3m ptp gd in Mar.
Party Pictures (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, headway to lead 9th, driven 2 out, headed last, not pace of winner in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Regal Rumpus (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Speed Steed (IRE) 8-13fav (11-0) Held up in rear, jumped left and not fluent 2nd, headway 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, stayed on, too much to do, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Apache Dawn (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f beg chase (4) gf in Apr.
Swallows Delight (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged after 4th, led 6th, headed approaching 2 out, every chance thereafter, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind What Of It (11-5) at Towcester 2m hts chs (6) sft in Mar.
Aneda Rose (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Went 2nd 14; wknd qckly 3 out, last of 3, 26l behind Sandpipers (12-0) at Belvoir 3m ptp gs in Mar.