Moonlight Drive and Storming Gale both had decent form over hurdles last season, the former thought good enough to contest a Grade 1 novices event at The Festival in March. Both should make their mark over fences while it will be interesting to see how Mcmurrough fares after a lay-off as he was highly regarded in his younger days. Ballyallia Man has won between the flags but the jury is still out on Sir Tamburlane and Nodforms Violet. CARPINCHO was significantly well backed on his reappearance in a decent contest at Chepstow but ran as though the run was needed. He'll strip fitter here and can recoup losses for the in-form Sarah Humphrey team.
Amroth Bay 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Willandrich (9-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May, 15 ran.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led until 5th, soon led again, headed 6th, weakened after 8th, 7th of 14, well behind Allthekingshorses (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gd.
Captain Hastings (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up, headway 2nd, mistake 4th, not fluent 5th, lost place 6th, well beaten 8th, last of 7, well behind Ultravox (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m beg chs (4) gd in Oct.
Carpincho (FR) 13-8fav (11-4) Held up in last pair, took keen hold, mistake 2nd, not fluent next, mistake 5th, headway from 11th, pecked 5 out, switched right before next, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 25l behind Viking Blond (11-4) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) gs in Oct.
Charlie Crab 50-1 (10-7) Soon settled in rear, ridden 4 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Wyck Hill (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f Novice Limited Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd, 8 ran.
McMurrough (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, one pace flat, 5th of 8, 11l behind Solway Bay (9-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May '10.
Moonlight Drive (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up, not always fluent, ridden and struggling before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Bobs Worth (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar, 18 ran.
Nodforms Violet (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, reminders after 6th, weakened before 7th, tailed off, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Arctic Court (10-10) at Ayr 3m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Sir Tamburlane (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Led to 4th, tracked leader, hit 4 out, riddden before last, one pace and no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Harry Hunt (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Storming Gale (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3 out, soon lost place, 6th of 12, 38l behind Rangitoto (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.