OPEN HEARTED has to concede weight all round but looks capable of doing so. Nicky Henderson's charge produced a career-best performance when impressively outpointing Ile De Re at Doncaster, form that has been franked by the winner's equally convincing success at Huntingdon over Cry Of Freedom. The extra yardage here looks well within his capabilities. Likeable Rogue makes his debut for Paul Nicholls but the son of Old Vic hasn't been seen for over a year and the market should be carefully monitored on his first run for the champion trainer. Knight Flight, Marble Walk and Be All Man have all shown enough ability in similar company to warrant consideration if the likely favourite fails to produce his best.
Open Hearted 9-2 (11-0) Always prominent, led before 3 out, soon hard pressed, driven clear approaching last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Ile De Re (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Ballyturn Boy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 8th, always in rear, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind What Er Say (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft.
Be All Man (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 6th until after next, ridden and weakened after 3 out, no chance when hampered 2 out, 7th of 11, 45l behind Grove Pride (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs.
Likeable Rogue (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Rcd 3rd, 2nd from 5th, ld 3out, chall last, no ex flat & hdd 50 yards out, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Italian Master (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Mar.
Marble Walk (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up, headway after 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, no impression, weakened flat, 4th of 11, 18l behind What Er Say (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft.
Massapoag (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Ap; led 14 til hdd cl home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Cavanquarter (12-0) at Marks Tey 3m ptp gd in Mar '10.
Prime Location 20-1 (11-6) Not fluent and pecked 1st, held up, behind from 7th, 5th of 9, well behind Harry Topper (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Trevis 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders to 5th, weakened 3 out, 7th of 14, well behind Nelson's Bridge (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs.
Jenny's Gold 16-1 (11-0) Held up, headway approaching 4th, 3rd and ridden after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 4th of 10, 45l behind King Of Castile (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Knight Flight 15-2 (10-5) Chased leading pair until blundered and dropped to rear 2nd, headway to 4th after 6th, hit 8th, closed 2 out, went 2nd on long run to last, stayed on flat but no real impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Flemi Two Toes (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy.