Walter de Wodeland was still travelling well before unseating four out at Newton Abbot last month and the dual recent point winner has to be respected but it is hard to get away from FARMER FRANK, who gets the vote with Alroyal rated the best of the rest. The selection was left clear at the last when successful on heavy ground at Towcester last time but Nick Kent's gelding had run well the time before until falling and, given his form of late, he looks the one that they all have to beat. Michael Scudamore's Mr Goofy ran better behind Pass The Parsel at Towcester last month but needs to improve further to trouble the judge, while Andrew Jackson's Ryeman similarly showed his best form for some time on his most recent start at Newton Abbot but is hard to back with confidence. Shooters Wood, who has been in good form in points, is held by the last mentioned on running last time and of more interest may be Ian Prichard's Alroyal, who is a consistent performer in this grade. Farmer Frank has an obvious chance on what he has been showing of late though and is hard to oppose.
Farmer Frank 9-2 (11-13) Chased leading pair, led after 3 out, strongly pressed and going best next, ridden and edged left flat, stayed on, won at Towcester 2m hts chs (6) hvy in Apr beating Good Company (11-12) by 2l, 7 ran.
Alroyal (GER) 4-1 (11-9) Held up, behind 6th, closed 12th, went handy next, outpaced 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 4th of 5, 7l behind Lisadell King (12-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Calgary Jock 66-1 (11-5) Behind when blundered and rider lost irons 4th, pulled up next, in a race won by Bob Hall (12-6) at Ascot 2m 5f hts chs (5) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Clash (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) (tt) in tch to 12; to, 7th of 14, well behind If You Must (12-0) at Kingston Blount 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Even Homer Nods (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) (cp) (tt) held up; eff 4 out; wknd 2 out, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Rowdy Yeats (12-7) at Badbury Rings 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Grand Silence (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Led 4 out til hdd & one pce last, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Kandelin (12-0) at Garthorpe 2m 4f ptp gf in Apr.
Innocent Rebel (USA) 6-4 (11-0) (tt) trckd wnr; led 15 til hdd 2 out; nt qckn, last of 2, 2 1/2l behind Kingsmill Lake (10-7) at Great Trethew 3m ptp gf in Apr.
Lethal Gun (IRE) 3-1 (12-3) A bhnd; to & pu last, in a race won by Kerdari (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp fm in Apr, 7 ran.
Marado (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd 14; to, 5th of 6, well behind New Time (12-0) at Andoversford 3m ptp gf in Apr.
Mr Goofy (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Towards rear, headway into 4th 7th, went 2nd approaching 2 out, every chance when edged left before last, one pace flat, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Pass The Parsel (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hts chs (6) gf in Apr.
Ralahine (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) (tt) led to 2 & 7 til hdd 2 out; no ex last, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Oujamaflip (12-0) at Brampton Bryan 2m 4f ptp gd in Apr.
Redskyatnight 4-1 (12-0) Hdwy 8; led 4 out til hdd & wknd aft 2 out, 4th of 13, 12l behind Namur (12-0) at Clifton-on-dunsmore 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Ryeman 9-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 8th, left 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, looked in command last, no extra and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Port Talbot (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Shooters Wood (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Keen, led after 2nd until next, led 10th until 12th, left in lead 4 out, headed after 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 13, 14l behind Port Talbot (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Smart Boy Prince (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Led til hdd app 2 out; no ch w wnr, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Sheknowsyouknow (11-7) at Andoversford 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Sullivan's Cascade (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Prom; led 5-8; wknd 12; pu 14, in a race won by Society Whisper (12-0) at Bitterley 3m ptp gf in Apr, 8 ran.
Walter De Wodeland 8-1 (11-5) Behind, headway 8th, chased leaders 10th, going strongly in 4th when brought down 4 out, in a race won by Port Talbot (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Lan Na Lamh (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) Held up in touch in 4th, headway approaching 4 out to chase leading pair, not fluent when well held in 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 10, well behind Theatre Diva (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (5) sft in Apr.