TALKONTHESTREET can be excused his run at Cheltenham, his first since April. He beat Grove Pride easily over hurdles at Ludlow in the spring and is fancied to make a winning start to his career over fences, though Keppols Hill will be a danger. Paul Nicholls' ex-pointer was only beaten a short-head on his debut under Rules at Ffos Las and can only improve. Allthekingshorses is a stablemate of the selection and another that should be worth following in the months ahead while Pericoloso won over hurdles here last month, though consistency isn't a strong point. Calon Crwbin, Low Gales and Theatrical Star have ability and add to the interest.
Allthekingshorses (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, ran on to lead closing stages, driven out, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb beating Corkage (11-11) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Calon Crwbin 33-1 (11-4) Keen early, disputed lead to before 11th, weakened before 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Harry Topper (11-4) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Grove Pride 2-1fav (11-7) Took keen hold, left in lead 1st, headed before next, led approaching 7th, ridden and headed going to 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Talkonthestreet (11-7) at Ludlow 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Keppols Hill (IRE) 6-5 (11-5) Tracked leader, led before 2nd, pushed along and not fluent 4 out, clear when blundered badly last, headed towards finish, rallied near finish, just held, 2nd of 5, shd behind Makethe Mostofnow (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (4) sft in Oct.
Low Gales (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Racing up with leaders in 2nd place at 4th until 7th, went 2nd again next, ridden beforer 2 out, under strong pressure in 4th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Vintage Star (11-0) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Pericoloso (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch in rear, ridden approaching 10th, weakened before last, 5th of 6, 23l behind Arkose (10-5) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Talkonthestreet (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Mid-division, headway approaching 9th, mistake 3 out, soon outpaced, mistake 2 out, weakened after, 4th of 8, 13l behind According To Trev (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Theatrical Star 12-1 (11-2) Led to after 1st, tracked leaders, one pace when left 4th and hampered 4 out, kept on to take 3rd last, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Rebel Rebellion (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct.