A tricky opening for punters as the three previous winners in the race appear closely matched on the form book and Top Wood, a winner of three bumpers in France, is certain to improve on his fifth at Towcester. It's a surprise to see Choc Thornton riding here rather than at Aintree but he looks to have a good book of rides and can get supporters off to a winning start on board TELL ME Y. Jonjo O'Neill's gelding overturned the odds-on At Fishers Cross at Ffos Las on his hurdles bow and has plenty of scope. Duaiseoir ran well under a penalty at Kempton and is preferred to French import Ulck Du Lin of the others, though the latter should improve for his run at Cheltenham.
Duaiseoir (IRE) 9-4 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace flat, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Right Step (11-0) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Tell Me Y (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up in last trio, headway to chase leaders after 4 out, went 2nd and not fluent 2 out, led last, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Ffos Las 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar beating At Fishers Cross (11-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 12-1 (11-2) In touch, mistake 4 out, struggling 2 out, 12th of 24, 18l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Chase The Space 40-1 (10-10) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 12f out, lost touch 7f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Social Overdrive (11-3) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Commander Jet 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off 4f out, 16th of 17, well behind Shuil Royale (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec '10.
Effectsmenone 100-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden and hanging left before 6th, behind next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Dj Milan (11-1) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Fearless Leader 22-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd halfway until 6f out, weakened 4f out, 7th of 12, 41l behind Pendra (10-3) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Fitandproperjob 12-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway halfway, ridden and struggling in 6th place over 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Titchwood (10-3) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) sft in Mar.
Hamilton Hill 20-1 (10-12) Behind, headway over 3f out, plugged on one pace final 2f, 5th of 11, 21l behind Tour D'argent (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan '11.
Just Watch Ollie (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) With leader, lost place after 4th, soon behind, 17th of 18, 45l behind Waterunder (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Soundbyte 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, ridden 3 out, keeping on when hit last, weakening towards finish when edged right, clipped heels and stumbled, 6th of 8, 15l behind Captain Sunshine (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Top Wood (FR) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 11, 22l behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Uncle Johnny 6-1 (10-13) Held up, headway after 6th, 5th and ridden when jumped left 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 36l behind An Capall Mor (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Armagnac Rebel 125-1 (10-7) Pulled hard early, held up behind in touch, rminder 3rd, mistake next, ridden after 6th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Five Rivers (11-1) at Stratford 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Out Of Nothing 33-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, closed under pressure to take 5th before 2 out, never on terms, took well held 4th close home, 4th of 7, 38l behind Constant Contact (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.