Only half a dozen are due to face the starter here but it's a cracking little contest. Vino Griego has already run some excellent races over the larger obstacles, including a fourth at last year's Cheltenham Festival. But it's a worry that he's still chasing a first win after 12 attempts. Tour D'Argent, Hildisvini and Kilmacowen are all winners over hurdles, the former finishing ahead of the latter in a Listed handicap at Aintree in April though he was receiving weight. FORGOTTEN GOLD and Well Regarded were always likely to make better chasers than hurdlers being graduates from the point-to-point field. Preference on this occasion is for Tom George's six-year-old who was aimed high after getting off the mark over timber here just under a year ago and should come into his own now.
Forgotten Gold (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) In touch, not fluent 3rd, lost place after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 19, 47l behind Lovcen (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.
Hildisvini (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) In touch, not much room after 5th, headway to lead next, driven and headed approaching 2 out, chased leader, stayed on to challenge last, led flat, driven and stayed on well, won at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar beating Hawkes Point (11-5) by 2l, 10 ran.
Kilmacowen (IRE) 4-9fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, went 2nd before 2 out where not fluent, went left and not fluent last, no impression, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Tenby Jewel (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Sep.
Tour D'argent (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Towards rear, ridden in mid-division and struggling before 2 out, 10th of 17, 40l behind Gibb River (11-7) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Vino Griego (FR) 20-1 (11-4) In touch, tracked leader 6th, led 4 out, narrow advantage when mistake 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 8th of 20, 23l behind Hunt Ball (12-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar.
Well Regarded (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, behind 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Alpha Victor (10-8) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May, 20 ran.