Rebel Du Maquis was in the process of running a big race in the Aintree Fox Hunters' until falling but is in danger of becoming disappointing. Soulard and Taranis have a touch of class while Palypso De Creek has been in cracking form between the flags and was impressive in winning a Wetherby hunter chase in February. BENEDICTUS was pulled up in the Foxhunters' here at The Festival but has otherwise been impressive under Rules this winter, winning twice at Taunton and once at Kempton. If Leanda Tickle can get him into a rhythm, the eight-year-old may be good enough in this. Allerford Jack, Presentandcorrect and Cool Friend also warrant a second look in a tight finale.
Allerford Jack 6-1 (12-3) Took keen hold and held up in 4th and well off the pace, not fluent 10th, closed 13th, went 3rd and close enough 3 out, kept on pressing for 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Creevytennant (12-1) at Ascot 2m 5f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Benedictus (IRE) 11-4fav (11-13) Mistake 1st, held up, steady headway 8th, went 3rd after 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Kempton 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd in Apr beating Bay To Go (11-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Byerley Bear (IRE) 6-4 (11-0) 2nd til led 9; hdd & wknd app last, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Master Medic (11-0) at Milborne St Andrew 3m ptp gs in Feb.
Presentandcorrect (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 7th, led before 2 out, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Apr beating Marky Bob (11-13) by 12l, 8 ran.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, went 5th next, kept on same pace from last, no impression, 5th of 26, 10l behind Cloudy Lane (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gs in Apr '12.
Palypso De Creek (FR) 4-11 (11-0) Ap; led aft 11; clr 14; easy, won at Quorn 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Ungaro (11-0) by 7l, 6 ran.
Soulard (USA) 10-1 (11-13) Chased winner until 2nd, raced well off the pace in 3rd, closed up approaching 12th, went 2nd again and close enough approaching 3 out, lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened and blundered last, last of 5, 10l behind Creevytennant (12-1) at Ascot 2m 5f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Cool Friend (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 14th, led 2 out, pressed run-in, headed towards finish, 2nd of 24, nk behind Tartan Snow (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd in Apr.
Big Game Hunter (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) A last; one-pcd 2 out, last of 3, 8l behind Spirit Of Barbados (11-0) at Llangeinor 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Rebel Du Maquis (FR) 12-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, fell 14th, in a race won by Tartan Snow (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Rustic John 25-1 (12-0) A bhnd; to & pu last, in a race won by Round Tom (12-7) at South & West Wilts 3m ptp gf in Apr, 10 ran.
Taranis (FR) 11-8 (12-0) (tt) ap; led 10; clr app 2 out; easy, won at Tedworth 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Hincheslea Moor (12-0) by 13l, 8 ran.