WILLIAM SOMERS won with any amount in hand on heavy ground at Chepstow in March before following up in a recent point-to-point and he looks to have been found a suitable opportunity to complete a hat-trick, getting the vote ahead of Bradley and Raleagh House. The last two mentioned have both won their last three starts in points and have to be respected over regulation fences for the first time. Adieu Mari did not show much over hurdles but has shown improved form between the flags so has to be considered, while John Ferguson's Lotta Presents has a progressive profile from point-to-points in Ireland and here in the UK and is another to be respected. Irish point-to-point winner, One Cool Knight, did not show much ability under rules for Philip Hobbs but has been going better in points of late and he is another that is worthy of a mention along with Rosies Peacock, who is on a hat-trick following two wins between the flags. William Somers has proven form in points but also in hunter chases and he looks the one that they all have to beat.
William Somers 4-5 (12-7) (tt) led 1-3 & 5-6; led aft 8; drew clr 15; stayed on wl, won at Upton-upon-severn 3m ptp gs in Apr beating Fifty Yearson (12-0) by 6l, 4 ran.
Adieu Mari (FR) 8-1 (12-0) Ww; hdwy 10; led app last; drew clr flat, won at Whitwell-on-the-hill 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Sea Senor (12-0) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bradley 5-2 (12-0) won at Woodford 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Smugglers' Run (12-2) by nk, 9 ran.
Buckingham Bill (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ap; chsd wnr 2 out; kpt on, 2nd of 9, 3l behind My Way de Solzen (12-0) at Upton-upon-severn 3m ptp gs in Apr.
Cluthe Boy (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) (tt) led to 3 & 6-11; outpcd 15; rallied to ld aft last; urged clr, won at Whittington 3m ptp gs in Apr beating Le Seychellois (11-0) by 8l, 3 ran.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders 17th to 3 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Theatre Diva (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (4) gd in Apr, 16 ran.
Lotta Presents (IRE) 1-4 (12-3) Led 2; unchall, won at Horseheath 3m ptp gf in Apr beating Hawaiian Son (12-0) by 20l, 5 ran.
Murphys Fusilier (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Prom; led 11-15; wknd qckly 2 out, 3rd of 4, 23l behind Civil Disobedience (12-0) at Andoversford 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Nomadic Dreamer 5-2 (12-0) Hdwy 11; qcknd to ld 3 out; comf, won at Eyton-on-severn 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Glidewell (12-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Oca De Thaix (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Pulled hard, headway to chase leader after 2nd until 8th, weakened approaching 4 out, 5th of 16, 23l behind Master Charm (11-9) at Chepstow 3m nov hts chs (5) gf in Apr.
One Cool Knight (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Led 8-11; led 13; drew clr aft 3 out; all out, won at Maisemore Park 3m ptp gs in Mar beating Jacko's Boy (12-0) by 3l, 6 ran.
One To Note (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) (cp) (tt) held up; bad hmpd 14; went 3rd nxt; one-pcd, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Lillie Lou (11-7) at Penshurst 3m ptp gf in Apr.
Plunge (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place 10th, soon in rear, tailed off before 5 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Master Charm (11-9) at Chepstow 3m nov hts chs (5) gf in Apr, 16 ran.
Prince Car (FR) 2-1 (12-0) Trckd ldr; led 12; comf, won at Ystradowen 3m ptp fm in Apr beating Opal Ridge (12-0) by 6l, 3 ran.
Raleagh House (IRE) 11-10 (12-0) Hdwy 5; led 12; rdn out, won at Bitterley 3m ptp gf in Apr beating Lord Alfred (12-7) by 3l, 5 ran.
Rosies Peacock 6-4 (12-5) Held up; hdwy 11; led app last; rdn out, won at Lydstep 3m ptp gs in Apr beating Off The Shelf (12-0) by 4l, 7 ran.