Bobs Worth has only tasted defeat once under Rules and that was in a bumper at this track on his racecourse debut. He was well ahead of Teaforthree when winning the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at The Festival in March, just a day after GRANDS CRUS finished second in the World Hurdle, and beat the smart Cue Card on his first start over the larger obstacles at Newbury but David Pipe's grey may have his measure here. The latter only had to be pushed out to beat the well-regarded Sonofvic at Newbury last time having impressed at Cheltenham earlier and may have too much speed for the Henderson gelding. Silviniaco Conti tries a new trip and looks held by the principals on a line through Cue Card, while Mr Moonshine doesn't look good enough in this grade and the mare Emmaslegend may also be found wanting.
Bobs Worth (IRE) Evensfav (11-1) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, went left 12th, not much room when blundered 4 out, ballooned next and 2 out, over 2 lengths 2nd but closing last, driven and strong challenge flat, stayed on to lead last stride, won at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gd in Nov beating Cue Card (11-8) by shd, 4 ran.
Grands Crus (FR) 2-7fav (11-9) Held up last, went close 2nd 14th, led 4 out, shaken up before last, driven to assert final 150 yards, stayed on well, won at Newbury 3m nov chs Grade 2 (1) gd in Nov beating Sonofvic (11-2) by 2l, 4 ran.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led after 7th, driven and headed before 2 out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd approaching last, no impresion with leading pair flat, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Gauvain (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs.
Silviniaco Conti (FR) 8-11fav (11-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5th, led 8th, made rest, stumbled 4 out, drew clear approaching next, easily, won at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov beating Mad Moose (11-6) by 25l, 6 ran.
Teaforthree (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Made all, driven clear before 3 out, ran on well, won at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) hvy beating Restless Harry (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Emmaslegend 2-1fav (10-3) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, challenegd 3 out, soon led, clear before next, easily, won at Folkestone 3m 1f beg chs (4) sft beating Cabinet Minister (11-1) by 20l, 6 ran.