TANTE SISSI had become a little disappointing prior to her third at Ludlow but she showed enough there to suggest she'll win races over fences at a modest level. Alan King's mare should be too good for the enigmatic Barton Stacey and In By Midnight, who struggles to get her head in front. The Rattler Obrien had no such problem over hurdles and has been placed in a hunter chase so a switch to the larger obstacles shouldn't be a problem. Martin Hill's gelding looks the danger.
Tante Sissi (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leading pair, challenged and every chance 3 out, 3rd and held when not fluent next, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Lamool (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Apr.
Barton Stacey (IRE) Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m and 2m 3f on good to firm ground, but last win was over two years ago.Void at Ludlow over 3m (good) in a chase won by UNKNOWN earlier this month on his latest outing
In By Midnight 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and every chance last, kept on, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Golden Sparkle (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
The Rattler Obrien (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 4th, led before 2 out, clear before last, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr beating My Legal Lady (11-2) by 7l, 9 ran.
Captain Sully (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Held up, not fluent 8th, behind from 12th, went remote 4th from last, 4th of 9, 25l behind Bertie's Desire (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.