The longer trip and drop in grade could see AMUSE ME finally open his account over fences. He's now 3lb lower than when successful over hurdles in December and still has time on his side. Former pointer The Speedy Man looks to have more than his fair share of weight while Willy be Lucky will have to improve on his third at Exeter and Fresher Fishing has a bit to prove having been pulled up in his last two starts. But there are possibilities about Sulpius if he takes to fences as he has been placed a couple of times over the smaller obstacles.
Amuse Me 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Diamond's Return (10-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Fresher Fishing (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Ridden to lead, clear 4th, reduced lead and ridden 13th, clear again when hit 14th, blundered 16th, ridden and headed 4 out, lost place quickly before 3 out, poor 5th when pulled up before next, in a race won by Double Chocolate (11-7) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
The Speedy Man (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Tracked leader and keen, led before 2nd, headed 7 out, pushed along and weakened from 3 out, 3rd of 4, 38l behind Shoegazer (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (5) hvy.
Miss Saffron 16-1 (11-1) Held up in last, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 4 out, mistake 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 7, 24l behind Good Order (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Willy Be Lucky (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, weakened from 6th, soon reminders and in rear, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Border Lad (9-11) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Be Ashored 12-1 (11-6) Off the pace in 6th, not on terms and struggling when mistake 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Knapp Bridge Boy (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Autumn Haze 8-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened from 9th, tailed off, 5th of 6, 40l behind Newton Tonic (10-6) at Hereford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Sulpius (GER) 12-1 (10-13) Led 6th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened after flight, 3rd of 13, 23l behind Earcomesthedream (10-10) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
All For Eve 20-1 (10-8) In touch, led 10th to 12th, weakened next, tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rash Moment (10-4) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Upton Mead (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Raced on inside, pushed along after 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Manjam (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs, 10 ran.