A cracking renewal of what is always a well-contested handicap hurdle. Nicky Henderson, who won this in 2010 and 2011 with Eradicate, is represented by Forgotten Voice, who has won and finished second in Grade 2 events in his last two starts, and Cape Express. The latter rattled up a four-timer last season. Paul Nicholls runs the useful Mr Mole, just behind Starluck at Cheltenham last month, and chaser Toubab while Turn Over Sivola and Rumble of Thunder arrive off the back of wins in decent company and can't be ignored. Taunton scorer Cry Of Freedom can improve further while Irish raider Silk Hall and the returning Street Entertainer look fairly treated. But we like the look of RED INCA near the foot of the weights as recent rain should have taken any sting out of the ground. Brian Ellison's versatile performer, lightly-raced this year, was just touched off at Ayr last time and won here in March.
Starluck (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, challenged last, ran on to lead post, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr beating Sud Pacifique (9-13) by ns, 11 ran.
Forgotten Voice (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, dropped to 3rd before 3 out where not fluent, went 2nd again approaching 2 out, 10 lengths down and well held when blundered last, 2nd of 4, 16l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Apr.
Local Hero (GER) 10-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, 5th of 8, 6l behind Court Minstrel (10-9) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Mr Mole (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, challenged going well when carried left before last, ridden, not keen and hung left flat, kept on, held close home, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Starluck (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Toubab (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Led 2nd, hit 7th (water), slightly pecked 8th, headed 4 out, weakened before next, 9th of 10, 38l behind Sire De Grugy (11-2) at Sandown 2m chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Baby Mix (FR) 20-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 15th of 21, well behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Feb.
Bygones of Brid (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Led, mistake 4 out, ridden and headed when blundered last, weakened towards finish, 6th of 8, 6l behind Court Minstrel (10-9) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Cape Express (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Raced wide towards rear, weakened well before 2 out, 11th of 15, 29l behind Raya Star (11-12) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Cry of Freedom (USA) 10-1 (11-4) Made all, hit 3 out, clear before 2 out, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf beating Rajnagan (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Silk Hall (UAE) 22-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and outpaced 2 out, kept on from last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Court Minstrel (10-9) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) 4-1 (11-1) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, led before last, clear run-in, ran on strongly, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Waterunder (11-4) by 6l, 11 ran.
Ruler of All (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) In touch, ridden to chase leading pair after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression before last, lost moderate 3rd near finish, 4th of 11, 14l behind Claret Cloak (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on well flat, just unable to reach leaders, 5th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Raya Star (11-12) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Deepsand (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Pulled very hard in rear, headway 4th, soon tracking leaders, every chance 2 out, led before last, ridden clear, ran on strongly, won at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Apr beating Platinum (10-7) by 9l, 6 ran.
Rumble of Thunder (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Always prominent, led 3 out, ridden and edged left flat, held on near finish, won at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Apr beating Crowning Jewel (11-2) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Specialagent Alfie 20-1 (9-12) Mid-division, headway to lead before 2 out, headed run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Court Minstrel (10-8) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Red Inca 5-2 (11-12) Held up in 4th, not fluent 2nd, closed when not fluent 3 out, every chance last, soon unable to quicken, stayed on final 100 yards, held by winner towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Cool Baranca (9-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Barizan (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Led until blundered and narrowly headed 3rd, led again 3 out, ridden and headed on long run to 2 out, chased leaders, well held in 4th when blundered last, 4th of 19, 13l behind First Avenue (10-5) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) hvy in Mar.