Dark Lover may have been a fortunate winner at Cheltenham as leader Balder Success was travelling strongly when falling two out. We'll take him on under a penalty with easy Towcester scorer CLARET CLOAK, who looks a natural over fences and can go on to better things. Lord Of House and Manyriverstocross were both very useful hurdlers and should pay their way over fences if taking to the larger obstacles but Reverend Green looks outclassed and returns from a prolonged absence.
Dark Lover (GER) 7-4fav (11-2) Prominent behind clear leader, closed when not fluent 6th, went 2nd after 8th, not fluent 3 out, ridden and 4 lengths down when left well clear 2 out, won at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gs in Oct beating Sizing Italy (11-7) by 28l, 6 ran.
Claret Cloak (IRE) 1-3fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, every chance 3 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, won at Towcester 2m nov chs (4) gf in Oct beating Dont Take Me Alive (10-7) by 14l, 7 ran.
Lord Of House (GER) 14-1 (10-7) In touch, lost place 3 out, 11th of 13, 48l behind Kuilsriver (9-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Manyriverstocross (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Raced keenly, held up behind, headway after 4 out, chased leaders, 2 out, ridden and kept on to take 4th near finish, no impression, 4th of 21, 8l behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Reverend Green (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed well before 2 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 6th of 14, 34l behind Dona (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan '11.