Gentle Ranger is a horse of potential however today may not be his day and so preference is for BORERO ahead of Richard's Sundance and Supreme Keano. The selection has a record of going well fresh and Charlie Mann's gelding is fancied to run well today after 237 days off. He has carried big weights to victory in the past and should be at home in this grade having been pulled up in the 'four miler' at Cheltenham when last seen. Richard's Sundance is a course winner who is still unexposed; he faces fences for the first time and may still be fairly handicapped for the switch despite his latest rise in the weights. Supreme Keano looks likely to get the cut in the ground that he desires and he is unexposed in this sphere. He looks like one of the big dangers, along with Plein Pouvior who has plenty of ability and also Grand Slam Hero who is back after 529 days on the sidelines. Trigonometry signed off with a win at Wincanton last season but has been raised a stone for that, Qhilimar needs a market check on his UK debut for a shrewd yard, whilst Dancing Mist is bred to come into his own over fences this year. The consistent course winner Deep Pockets will give backers a good run for their money, however it is Borero who is fancied to take all the beating.
Kennel Hill (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) In touch, mistake 3rd, headway to lead 11th, hung left and headed approaching last, 3 lengths down when fell last, in a race won by Kanpai (10-5) at Stratford 2m 7f nov stks (3) gf in Oct, 6 ran.
Gentle Ranger (IRE) 11-4 (11-1) Led, not fluent 4th, ridden after 9th, headed after 3 out, soon one pace, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Thedeboftheyear (10-5) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Borero (FR) 40-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, hit 8th, gradually faded from 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 19th, in a race won by Tricky Trickster (11-11) at Cheltenham 4m amat chs (2) gs in Mar, 19 ran.
Richard's Sundance (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Chased leader, joined leader approaching 8th, ridden after 3 out, still every chance approaching last, no extra flat, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Wun Chai (10-13) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Supreme Keano (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Chased leader, mistake and lost 2nd 4th, mistake next, hit 10th, 3rd when hit 16th, going well when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Appleaday (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Plein Pouvoir (FR) 5-4fav (11-12) Led 2nd, headed 8th, close up, fell 10th, in a race won by Picts Hill (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Mar, 5 ran.
Grand Slam Hero (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, raced keenly, mistake 9th, smooth headway approaching 3 out, led 2 out, soon edged left, in command when not fluent last, comfortably, won at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May '08 beating Rajayoga (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Triggernometry 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leader until 12th, went 2nd again 14th, ridden to challenge 3 out, led 2 out, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr beating Terrible Tenant (9-10) by 12l, 9 ran.
Qhilimar (FR) 11-1 (9-10) 4th of 20, 8l behind Costic (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f chs sft in Jun.
Present M'lord (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Led 2nd until next, led 7th until blundered badly 10th, tracked leaders, ridden after 17th, soon beaten, 4th of 7, 45l behind Ibberton (10-0) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Dancing Mist (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) In touch, ridden and outpaced 3 out, rallied after next, stayed on under pressure to lead flat, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr beating Mad Moose (11-6) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Deep Pockets (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Chased leaders, mistake 10th, ridden 15th, slightly outpaced after 2 out, kept on well to take 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Gallik Dawn (10-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Bertie May 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division and mistake 1st, headway 10th, weakened 13th, 6th of 12, 44l behind Peter Pole (11-12) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.