Several promising types face the starter in this. Ballinalacken and Premier Portrait have already won over timber but have penalties to contend with. Kris Spin was only beaten a head over 3m at Bangor in April and Westaway was second at Ascot last season and third at Fontwell in May. Mountain Tunes and Walk On Al could be useful recruits from the point-to-point field but there are high hopes surrounding PRIDEOFTHECASTLE, who has won bumpers at Limerick and Stratford and has a jumping pedigree. He can make a winning start to his hurdles career. Panama Petrus could be one for the future but may need this.
Ballinalacken (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 2 out, kept on flat, 6th of 12, 11l behind Warden Hill (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Premier Portrait (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) In touch, closed 6th, challenged 3 out, led flat, driven clear, won at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct beating Venceremos (10-4) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Hurricane Ivan (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led 3rd, hit 5th and headed soon after, chased leader, weakened approaching 4 out, 5th of 8, 40l behind Kaki De La Pree (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Kris Spin (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 8th, not fluent 3 out, challenged 2 out, led before last, driven flat, headed close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Leo Luna (10-13) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Major Martin (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Prominent on inside, not much room and lost place 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 14, 29l behind Take A Bow (11-1) at Chepstow 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Mountain Tunes (IRE) 2-1 (10-11) Alw pr, went on 3out, ko best when rdn, won at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gd in Mar beating Stars Royale (11-7) by 5l, 6 ran.
Panama Petrus (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Baltimore Rock (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Nov '12.
Prideofthecastle (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Led 1f, chased leader, led approaching final 2f, ridden and joined inside final furlong, strongly pressed when left with advantage close home, won at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May beating The Road Ahead (10-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Rose Of Marron (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Always behind, tailed off 3 out, 14th of 15, well behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd in Oct.
Scuderia (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 13, 40l behind Hindon Road (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in May '12.
Walk On Al (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Rcd 2nd until 3rd 5out, 5l 3rd & rddn 2out, sn no ch with 1st 2, ko onepcd, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Gunner Fifteen (12-0) at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Westaway (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, led before last, headed soon after, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Jojabean (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.