Murphys Promise has won his last two point-to-points and should have a future under Rules but will need to be useful to get the better of LAMB OR COD. Philip Hobbs' charge has to concede 6lb to his rivals but showed much-improved form in blinkers when winning by 18 lengths at Cheltenham and a repeat performance would be good enough here. Superior Quality was only beaten half-a-length at Ascot in March and is also worth a second look, though he possibly lacks the scope of his likely market rivals.
Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 12th, hit 4 out, challenged 3 out, led before last, stayed on strongly and drew clear flat, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr beating Sixty Something (11-6) by 18l, 10 ran.
First Lad 50-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, left in 3rd at 6th, effort 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 6, well behind Karinga Dandy (10-12) at Southwell 3m nov chs (4) gd in Apr.
Murphys Promise (IRE) 2-5 (12-5) Led 13; ro wl, won at Brocklesby 3m ptp gf in Mar beating Pollyanna Steele (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Next Exit (IRE) 18-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, slithered on landing and dropped to last from 4th, losing touch from 7th, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Woodbank (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (4) gd in Apr.
Superior Quality (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up in rear but in touch, headway before 12th, driven approaching when blundered 2 out, stayed on under pressure after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Benefit Cut (11-4) at Ascot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gd in Mar.