CHAPOTURGEON made mistakes in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham and, after making a short-lived effort on the final circuit, was pulled up. But he'd beaten a much stronger field than this on his reappearance at Newbury and is likely to short a price here, despite his welter burden. Presentandcorrect may be the danger as he had Regal Rumpus and Himalayan Express behind when scoring at Stratford last month and meets both on much better terms. He won a point-to-point last week and is preferred to last year's winner Louis Pasteur and the generally disappointing How's My Friend. Findlay's Find is preferred to Lady Myfanwy of Myfanwy Miles' two runners but the selection's declaration has left the weights looking decidedly lop-sided.
Chapoturgeon (FR) 9-2 (12-0) Mid-division, blundered 3rd, mistake 10th, headway 4 out, chased leaders under pressure before next, soon no impression, pulled up before last, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Himalayan Express 50-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost several places 4th, closed 10th, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led last, stayed on well, clear final 100 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gd beating Marky Bob (11-13) by 5l, 14 ran.
Regal Rumpus 5-2fav (11-11) In rear, soon mid-division, weakened before 5 out, 5th of 8, 28l behind Presentandcorrect (11-11) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Louis Pasteur (IRE) 11-1 (11-11) Prominent, not fluent 1st, ridden after 8th, lost place approaching 10th, 6th and no impression 4 out, mistake and weakened next, 10th of 14, well behind Himalayan Express (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gd.
Soulard (USA) 50-1 (11-5) Held up, in touch 12th, weakened 4 out, mistake 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Rebel Du Maquis (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Ladies Hunter Chase (5yo+) (5) gd.
How's My Friend 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 8th, lost place from 20th, 11th of 19, 49l behind Charles Bruce (11-3) at Cheltenham 4m 1f hts chs (4) gd.
Presentandcorrect (IRE) 8-11 (12-7) Ap; led 10; all out, won at Wheatland 3m ptp gf beating Trouble Digger (12-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Findlay's Find (IRE) 11-8 (11-0) Chsd ldrs; 2nd & clsng when fell last, in a race won by Swift Counsel (11-0) at Wheatland 3m ptp gf, 8 ran.
Lady Myfanwy 5-2 (10-7) Prom til outpcd aft 13, 3rd of 8, 27l behind That's Rhythm (11-0) at Kimblewick 3m ptp gd.
Party Pictures (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) In rear, mistake 8th, headway 10th, hampered before 4 out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 14l behind King Of Alcatraz (11-3) at Exeter 3m hts chs (6) gf.
Tiermore (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division headway after 6th, not fluent 10th, went 2nd next, blundered 4 out, led before 2 out, headed flat, not much room and held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Parkam Jack (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gs in Apr.
Big Game Hunter (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led approaching 3rd, headed 5th, no impression from 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, 4th of 12, 18l behind Rebel Du Maquis (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Ladies Hunter Chase (5yo+) (5) gd.