Jumps Road and Celtus are both interesting making their debuts over the larger obstacles. Mountainous won twice here over hurdles last season for Nigel Twiston-Davies while Wings Of Smoke won over hurdles at Exeter on his return to action and also goes on the short-list along with four-year-old filly Jackies Solitaire, who had some decent form over timber around this time last year. OSCAR DAVY should come into his own now tackling fences, however, and can land this for Philip Hobbs having needed his comeback run at Fontwell. Howard's Legacy may prove the pick of the remainder.
Achimota (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Behind, went remote 4th latter stages, tailed off, 4th of 11, well behind Midnight Tuesday (11-4) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (4) gs in Mar.
Celtus (FR) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden after 2 out, weakened approaching last, 8th of 11, 45l behind Captain Sharpe (10-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
City Press (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, blundered 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, never any chance, 5th of 16, 28l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Grey Missile 4-1fav (11-2) Towards rear, hampered 2nd, mistake and pushed along 4th, headway after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 11l behind Canadian Diamond (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 13-8 (11-5) Held up, not fluent 5th, headway 7th, ridden to chase winner after 3 out, not fluent 2 out or last, no extra and lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Spanish Optimist (10-13) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Jumps Road 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, tailed off before 3 out, pulled up, in a race won by Ambion Wood (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) gs in Mar, 18 ran.
Mountainous (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Led to after 1st, tracked leader, led again 6th, headed after 4 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 11, 20l behind Lava Lamp (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Oscar Davy (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Led, not fluent 7th or when headed 3 out, well held by winner before 2 out, 2nd of 5, 24l behind Rowan Tiger (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, behind 10th, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Golden Chieftain (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, led before 2 out, ridden flat, held on towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct beating Swift Chap (10-10) by 1l, 14 ran.
Derwen Pryde 15-2 (10-11) Held up, hit 4th, headway 7th, weakened from 3 out, 4th of 8, 22l behind Mavalenta (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Saintly Lady (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, lost place 9th, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 8, 35l behind Wild Rhubarb (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Jackies Solitaire 9-4 (11-9) Held up in touch, not fluent 7th, soon led, headed after 3 out, 3rd and no impression when mistake last, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 17l behind Songsmith (11-0) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp ch 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.