A point-to-point and bumper winner in soft ground, CLOUD BROOK never threatened on a faster surface at Cheltenham for his hurdling debut. This is easier and he gets the nod with Tony McCoy taking over the reins. Padre Tito looks a threat for a yard in flying form and shaped well enough on his hurdling bow at Wincanton while Man Of Steel posted his best effort to date over timber when third at Chepstow ahead of Filatore. Kayf Moss was outclassed in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but had ran well in a couple of bumpers at this track before that.
Cloud Brook (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in 4th, closed 7th, tracking leaders on outside when awkward 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression after, stayed on flat, 5th of 6, 15l behind Saint Roque (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Filatore (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway 6th, went 2nd before 3 out, one pace in 4th before last, 4th of 11, 6l behind Jean De Florette (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Kayf Moss 150-1 (11-5) Disputed lead to over 5f out, soon lost place and behind, 18th of 23, 46l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Kill Van Kull (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, 45l behind Vice Et Vertu (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Man Of Steel (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Close up, ridden before 2 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Jean De Florette (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Millenary Magic (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Always in rear, lost touch before 3 out, 4th of 5, 36l behind Berea Boru (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Padre Tito (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, raced wide tracking leaders, went 2nd after 5th, went left and rider lost iron briefly 6th, lost 2nd 3 out, went 2nd again 2 out, ridden and well held between last 2, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Southfield Theatre (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Spencer Lea 11-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 9, 6l behind Carningli (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Apr.
Twopoundsofbutter (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Ld until hdd 5out, wknd, pu 3out, in a race won by Bravehearted Harry (12-0) at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp sft in May, 12 ran.
Wynn Darwi (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Always in rear, never on terms, well tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Berea Boru (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct.
Genuine Art 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, led narrowly 4th, fell next, in a race won by Batu Ferringhi (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy, 8 ran.