NEDZER'S RETURN is hard to get away from here and is preferred to Proficiency and Huncheon Wells. The selection's form is head and shoulders above that achieved by the opposition that he faces here and Nedzer's Return should have little difficulty in recording a fifth success under Rules from just six starts. The winning pointer is having his first outing over hurdles here so his detractors may wish to look to his unproven ability to prove as adept at hurdling as a reason to take him on but he's sure to have been well schooled and should win with his head in his chest. Proficiency has a mark of 96 which leaves him closely matched on official ratings with Fool's Wildcat and Huncheon Wells who comes here on the back of a good run in a Hunter Chase. Cape Secret, Hesaposer and Elcanos all have something to find with the selection and are probably best watched unless attracting support on this occasion with a similar caveat applying to Irish point winner Catleen who has yet to shine over hurdles from limited opportunities. A large field go to post but we only need to concern ourselves with Nedzer's Return.
Cape Secret (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Slow jump 1st, soon rear of mid-division, never a factor, last of 15, 40l behind Island Oscar (11-4) at Killarney 2m 1f mdn hdl gd.
Daasij (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by What A Riddle (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf, 14 ran.
Elcanos (GER) 20-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, 10th 5 out, some progress approaching 3 out, moderate 8th when badly hampered 2 out, no extra, 10th of 19, 50l behind Our Gar (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar.
Fool's Wildcat (USA) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division best, weakened 4 out, 18th of 23, well behind Caffeine Craze (10-10) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gf.
Franklee 200-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Hold Fast (11-7) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Hippolytus 28-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 11l behind Balnagore (10-12) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Huncheon Wells (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, led 4th, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Simonsberg (11-10) at Down Royal 2m 7f hnt chs gf.
Nedzer's Return (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Prominent, hit 7th, led after 4 out, stayed on well, clear from last, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft in Apr beating Sinatas (11-6) by 15l, 8 ran.
Solway Dornal 33-1 (10-8) Always behind, tailed off 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Aberdale (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gf, 10 ran.
Some Lad (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 34l behind Quite The Man (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr '09.
Hesaposer (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 11th of 14, 41l behind Action Master (11-2) at Thurles 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Jan.
Catleen (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) In rear, hit 5th, pushed along 6th, weakened from next, in 5th and beat when hit 3 out, 5th of 8, well behind Smuglin (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f hdl (4) gf.
Connie Beauchamp 18-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 14, 14l behind Freddie Brown (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gf.
Proficiency 8-1 (10-12) Led, headed 2 out, soon ridden, one pace approaching last, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Smuglin (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f hdl (4) gf.
Samaret 200-1 (10-0) Hampered 1st, always behind, 8th of 16, well behind Saveiro (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.