There wouldn't be a dry eye in the house if Hannah Lewis can boot home Overlut to a third successive victory in the race but a recent defeat in a Ladies Open at Cothelstone was unexpected and it may be prudent to look elsewhere. BYERLEY BEAR was a proven soft ground performer when trained by Henry De Bromhead and he's been a safe conveyance in his new career, latterly winning an event at Holincote, so he gets the nod. Rash Move was third in last year's Foxhunters at Aintree, and having been in good form between the Flags in recent weeks, Fred Hutsby's veteran has plenty to recommend him despite advancing years. Utopian was second to More Of That in a maiden hurdle at Folkestone a couple of years ago and despite a couple of mistakes, he has already landed Hunters events at Fakenham and Fontwell.
Bay To Go (IRE) 16-1 (12-1) Chased leaders, led 6 out, headed 3 out, in 3rd and one pace until lost 3rd place close home, 4th of 11, 8l behind Popaway (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd.
Utopian (FR) 2-1 (12-4) Held up in rear, hampered after 1st, bumped 5th, headway next, not fluent 9th, mistake 3 out, challenged last, soon led and quickened clear, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hts chs (6) gd beating Warwickshire (11-11) by 6l, 11 ran.
Himalayan Express 10-1 (11-13) Mid-division when stumbed and dropped to last after 1st, modest headway when jumped left 3 out, no impression and soon well beaten, 8th of 11, 44l behind Utopian (12-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hts chs (6) gd.
Overlut (FR) 4-7 (11-0) Led til hdd aft 5; led 7 til hdd 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Latest Trend (11-0) at Weston & Banwell Harriers 3m ptp fm.
Piment D'Estruval (FR) 8-1 (12-0) In tch til wknd 13; pu 2 out, in a race won by Presentandcorrect (12-0) at Clifton-on-Teme 3m ptp fm, 7 ran.
Tiermore (IRE) 16-1 (12-7) (cp) prom; went 2nd 13; wknd 3 out, 3rd of 6, 27l behind Perfectly Willing (12-0) at North Herefordshire 3m ptp gs.
Archie Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leader, led 5th until 14th, chased leader until 3 out, soon ridden in 3rd and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Lake Legend (11-3) at Worcester 2m 7f hts chs (6) gf.
Byerley Bear (IRE) Evens (11-0) Led til hdd aft 4 out; led last; ro game, won at Devon & Somerset Staghounds 3m ptp gd beating John Daniell (11-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Delta Borget (FR) 4-1 (10-8) Held up on outside, headway after 3rd, led after 6th, not fluent 9th, soon headed, led again 12th, headed before not fluent 2 out, lost 2nd and beaten when mistake last, no extra flat, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Swallows Delight (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp hts chs (4) gf.
Joker Choker (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Nvr nr to chall, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Latest Trend (11-0) at Weston & Banwell Harriers 3m ptp fm.
Oldrik (GER) 7-1 (12-7) Led to 9; one pce 15, 2nd of 3, 10l behind Rosies Peacock (12-7) at Banwen Miners 3m ptp gd.
Posh Trip 25-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd 15, 5th of 9, 33l behind Darby's Turn (12-0) at Warwickshire 3m ptp gd.
Rash Move (IRE) 5-4 (12-0) Stdy hdwy 9; led 2 out; ro wl, won at Albrighton Woodland 3m ptp gd beating The Ferbane Man (12-3) by 3l, 14 ran.
Smugglers' Run (IRE) 33-1 (12-3) Prom til wknd 12; to & pu last, in a race won by Rash Move (12-0) at Albrighton Woodland 3m ptp gd, 14 ran.
Empyrean (USA) 6-1 (11-7) Led til hdd 3 out; wknd qckly bet last 2, 2nd of 7, 18l behind Master Tim (12-0) at Melton Hunt Club 2m 4f ptp gd.