Paul Nicholls saddles Pacha Du Polder, a winner at Newbury in March, and Worcester second Woolcombe Folly and both make more appeal than Mahogany Blaze. Buck Mulligan also looks poised for a big run while Gentleman Anshan was third in a decent race at Market Rasen after winning at Stratford. PEPITE ROSE will enjoy the recent rain and was only beaten a short-head off a pound higher mark at Haydock when last racing on similar ground. She can reverse recent form with Gentleman Anshan and take this.
Pacha Du Polder (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 19th of 29, well behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 5 out, rallied 3 out, went 2nd after last, edged right final 100 yards, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Anquetta (10-8) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd.
Pepite Rose (FR) 13-2 (11-10) Rear division, headway 8th, went 2nd before 10th, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 13, 18l behind Bocciani (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
Mahogany Blaze (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, hampered 1st, blundered badly and unseated rider next, in a race won by Pacha Du Polder (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 11 ran.
Passato (GER) 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, outpaced 4 out, 5th of 6, 28l behind Australia Day (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.
Galway Jack (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Led, ridden 3 out, headed next, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 12l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-9) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Buck Mulligan 11-2 (11-8) Chased (clear) winner, over 2 lengths down and trying to close when hit last, weakened flat, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Fiendish Flame (11-12) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden 2 out, kept on to take 3rd run-in, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Bocciani (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
Marley Roca (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, took keen hold, blundered 5 out, effort 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 8, 8l behind Super Collider (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.