The fourth race on the card looks to be an above average hunter chase and this can go the way of MAD VICTOR ahead of Gentle George and Marblehaed. The selection is a tentative one in a tricky race but the son of Old Vic does look to be on the improve. He has won his last four starts and beat a decent field in his latest run. If handling these quicker conditions again he should go well. Gentle George is the best horse in the race but his latest effort was very disappointing when turned over at odds of 8-15. He ran a cracker in the Foxhunters at the festival to finish fourth but that race along with the quick ground seemed to leave its mark on the young horse. It's surprising he is running again but there is no doubting he has plenty of ability. Marblehead is the highest rated horse in the field but that might flatter him a bit. James Pine is a course and distance winner and won his last start so must be monitored but its Mad Victor for us.
Artic Fire (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Hdwy 11; led 13; ro wl, won at Lockinge 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Terramarique (12-0) by 4l, 5 ran.
Freedomofthecity (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Led 2-4; outpcd 15; rdn & no imp 2 out, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Royal Tir (12-0) at Barbury Racecourse 3m ptp gs in Apr.
Gentle George 8-15fav (12-4) Prominent when jumped slowly 1st, in touch until dropped rear 4th, reminders after 9th, outpaced from 11th, took modest 4th closing stages, 4th of 8, 35l behind Ask Again (11-3) at Exeter 3m nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
James Pine (IRE) 4-1 (12-7) Ap; led 15; ro wl, won at Woodford 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Cedrus Libani (12-7) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Mad Victor (IRE) 2-7 (11-0) Lft 2nd 6; led 15; canter, won at Sandon 3m ptp hvy in Apr beating Scotmail Too (11-2) by 5l, 3 ran.
Marblehead (IRE) 3-1 (12-5) Led to 14; outpcd aft 4 out, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Chilling Place (12-5) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m 2f ptp gf in Apr.
Mrsilverlining (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 12th, pushed along and soon lost place, soon pulled up, in a race won by Horsham Lad (12-0) at Bangor 3m nov hts chs (6) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Nobody Tells Me (FR) 4-7 (11-7) Hdwy 13; led 14; clr 3 out; pushed out, won at Andoversford 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Virginia Preuil (11-7) by 2l, 7 ran.
Oranger (FR) 15-8fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, hit 7th, not fluent 12th, last next, hit 4 out, soon weakened, last of 5, well behind Lisadell King (12-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Stormy Chance (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) 2nd of 10, 5l behind Manila Man (11-7) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gf in Apr.
The Cool Guy (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Mistake 1st, held up in 4th, ridden and mistake 10th, jumped right 14th, outpaced by front pair, went moderate 3rd 3 out, 3rd of 4, 20l behind Pancake (11-0) at Kempton 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Feb '09.