SHY JOHN is rated much higher than today's opposition on official figures. He won one of these events at Wincanton a fortnight ago and will likely start a short price given it's hard to make a case for any of the remainder. Mister Teddy has bits of form that could see him figure but hasn't raced for nearly a year and Kiestown Chief was placed in similar company back in 2012. Chief Heckler finished a bit closer when third at Bangor in May and may prove best of the rest ahead of Swallows Delight.
Shy John 13-2 (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch, travelling well tracking leaders approaching 4 out, 2nd going well before next, led 2 out, clear when idled flat, always doing enough, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft in Jan beating Richard's Sundance (11-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Chief Heckler (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Led; qcknd clr 3 out; hdd app last; no ex, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Ganbei (12-0) at Burton 3m ptp gd.
Dunraven Prince (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) (cp) ww; hdwy 13; led last; rdn out, won at South Dorset 3m ptp gs beating Sona Sasta (12-0) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
If And When 33-1 (12-0) Bad hmpd 2; pu next, in a race won by Cousin Pete (12-0) at Heythrop 2m 4f ptp gd in Jan, 10 ran.
Kiestown Chief (IRE) 16-1 (12-5) Chsd ldrs til wknd app 2 out, 3rd of 12, 18l behind Port Golan (12-5) at Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Cl 3m ptp gs in Jan.
Mister Teddy 11-10 (12-0) Lost tch 11; to & pu 2 out, in a race won by Patricktom Boru (12-0) at Silverton 3m ptp gd in Jan, 14 ran.
Send For Tim (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) In tch to 11; to & pu 15, in a race won by One Call (12-0) at Woodland Pytchley 3m ptp gs in Jun, 5 ran.
Swallows Delight (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, stayed on from 3 out, went 4th flat, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 17l behind Himalayan Express (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gd in May.
Comealong Cornwall 14-1 (11-12) (tt) chsd ldrs to 11; wl bhnd when pu 14, in a race won by Minella Stars (12-5) at Royal Artillery 3m ptp gd in Jan, 13 ran.
Spotthestripe 5-2 (11-7) Hdwy 8; outpcd 15, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Edgar Henry (12-0) at Brafield-on-the-green 3m ptp gd in Mar '12.