Anteros won bumpers at Chepstow and Plumpton last winter but this is a tough introduction to hurdling. Be Bop Boru and Hawaii Five Nil are other bumper winners making their debut over obstacles while Germany Calling will have learned plenty form his third at Worcester and his yard is in cracking form. LAC FONTANA didn't manage a win in three runs over hurdles last season but was third in a Grade 2 at Kempton in February before trying his luck in the Triumph Hurdle. His experience could be the deciding factor in this. Apollo Eleven was third at Bangor last month but beaten more than 20 lengths and will need more here.
Anteros (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb beating Cannon Fodder (10-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Apollo Eleven (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Tracked leaders, jumped right 1st, pushed along after 3 out, 3rd and no impression before next, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Saint Thomas (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Be Bop Boru (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Held up in touch, went 2nd over 2f out, driven and edged left over 1f out, stayed on, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Seebright (11-4) at Chepstow 2m N H flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Germany Calling (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 5f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on final 100 yards, closing on 2nd close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Indian Stream (10-4) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 2-1 (11-11) Held up in last quartett, headway on outside 7f out, went 2nd 6f out, led over 3f out, ridden and strongly pressed inside final furlong, narrowly headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Gentleman Jon (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Lac Fontana (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, no impression before last, 8th of 17, 35l behind Our Conor (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.
Mystifiable 12-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, held up behind, headway after 4 out, chased leading pair next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, lost moderate 3rd last, 4th of 14, 16l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Trois Vallees (USA) 16-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th and keen, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Castletown Bridge (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Chased leaders to after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 8, 48l behind Spirit Of Shankly (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Cash For Steel (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent, some headway after 7th, badly hampered on bend before 4 out, soon well beaten, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Creepy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Into The Wind 7-4fav (8-12) Dwelt, soon tracking leaders on inside, went 2nd over 2f out until inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 14, 14l behind Mungo Park (9-10) at Windsor 1m 4f sell stks (6) gf in Aug (flat).