MICKEY MONK may be able to provide Tony McCoy and Gordon Elliott with another winner and he heads our short-list from Baaher and Bathwick Man. The selection gets weight from the majority of this field which can only be in his favour as he bids to open his account at the seventh attempt and there's every reason to believe that there's more to come. He hadn't shown a great deal on his first five starts but he made the frame at Down Royal last time suggesting that the penny had dropped and he may be able to build on that here. Baaher is without a win over hurdles but has made the frame on six of his eleven starts and should be in the mix again whilst Bathwick Man hails from a yard in tip-top form and progressed well over hurdles last summer. Black Jacari is also capable of making his presence felt but he hasn't always impressed when the chips are down and we prefer to take our chance with Mickey Monk.
Bathwick Man 12-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, led before 7th, headed well before 2 out, weakened into about 6th place when badly hampered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Raslan (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gf in Aug, 17 ran.
Corkage (IRE) 17-2 (11-7) Behind, ridden after 3rd, never in contention, 7th of 10, 33l behind Hearthstead Dream (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf.
Black Jacari (IRE) Evensfav (11-3) In touch, jumped slowly 3rd, soon tracking leaders, driven to lead after 3 out, headed before next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sacrilege (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Word of Warning 17-2 (11-3) In touch until ridden and weakened 3 out, 11th of 18, 35l behind Astracad (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Key Time (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 28l behind The Gloves Are Off (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Summer Soul (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, one pace, 4th of 12, 10l behind Ballymacduff (11-2) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Tarkani (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 5th, not fluent 7th, soon ridden, not fluent 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 10, 24l behind Hearthstead Dream (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf.
Baaher (USA) 4-1 (10-7) Held up in rear and keen, headway after 2 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, nearest at finish, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Beidh Tine Anseo (10-10) at Perth 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf.
Mickey Monk (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway to 4th 4 out, ridden into 3rd 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Morotai Marauder (10-11) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Player (FR) 18-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, no impression from last, 6th of 14, 22l behind Maska Pony (10-11) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Strobe 12-1 (9-13) Led to 5th, led again 8th, blundered and unseated rider 11th, in a race won by Silver Dollars (10-6) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Feb, 11 ran.