Top Benefit won a chase at Fontwell last week and can race off a lower mark back over timber. He should figure again but SHARP SUIT is preferred. The latter found only one too good on fast ground at Taunton last month and Seamus Mullins' charge has lots of scope for improvement. Rocky Ryan has failed to complete since going close over these hurdles last year but Orsm could figure and is preferred to Absolute Shambles after a fourth at this track on his latest start. Portmeade could prove best of the remainder.
Orsm 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, outpaced between last 2, plugged on flat, went 4th close home, 4th of 11, 11l behind Princely Hero (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Rocky Ryan (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, 5th and ridden when mistake 9th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Giveitachance (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct, 12 ran.
Absolute Shambles 6-1 (10-6) Ridden along virtually throughout, led until 4th, chased leader, led again before 13th, headed before next, chased leaders weakened before 4 out, 4th of 9, 12l behind Ballyvoneen (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden after 9th, hampered 3 out, headway soon after, chased winner from 2 out, went right and not fluent last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Whisper (11-7) at Taunton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Apr.
Go Amwell 4-1 (10-8) In rear, ridden before 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 40l behind Call It On (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Une Des Bieffes (FR) 50-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 5, 37l behind Midnight Macarena (10-13) at Southwell 3m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Top Benefit (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In touch in 4th, went 3rd from 11th, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, hard ridden and pressed run-in, just held on, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf beating Might As Well (11-7) by shd, 7 ran.
Portmeade 50-1 (10-9) In rear, headway to go remote 3rd 3 out, no impression, 3rd of 8, 21l behind I'm The Article (10-11) at Taunton 3m Amateur Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) (5) gf.
Ten More (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) In rear and reluntant to race, jumped slow and mistake, unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Top Benefit (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf, 7 ran.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 4-1fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon rallied, weakened approaching last, 7th of 15, 24l behind Hatters River (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Marico (FR) 33-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway on outside 7th, outpaced 3 out, no impression after, 7th of 16, 25l behind Signed Request (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Conn Man (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Mid-division, chased leading pair after bypassed 3 out, ridden and outpaced next, no impression when lost place approaching last, stayed on to regain 3rd flat, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Gilzean (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Bright Light 9-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along approaching 2 out, modest 5th when hit last, went 4th in closing stages, 4th of 10, 13l behind Starlight Air (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Budsson 25-1 (9-9) On touch, jumped slowly 6th, no impression when went left 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 11, 17l behind Princely Hero (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.