A modest staying chase with KHAZAR selected ahead of Early Wings and Jacarado. The combination of Tony McCoy and Jonjo O'Neill are always respected and it could be that 89 is a favourable mark to go chasing off. Early Wings was second to Basoda last time out. The handicapper has alloted a 5lb rise for that close up finish. Jacarado was in fourth on that occasion but as a track specialist and proven on a faster surface, this veteran should not be ignored. Arceye is 13 years young. His recent victory at Chepstow attracted an 8lb rise. Gerrard ran lamentably here in March and has been given time off since. Caspar Of Tarsus might be better on a softer surface so is reluctantly passed over. Shulmin is an out-and-out staying mare but she has lots to do on the figures. Khazar might be well treated off this mark and as he hails from an in-form yard, he looks the percentage call.
Gershwinner (IRE) 11-2 (11-11) In touch, reminders and dropped to mid-division 3rd, chased leaders approaching 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 13, well behind Basoda (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Captain Smoothy 10-1 (10-9) Chase leaders, lost place after 8th, 8th of 12, well behind Tora Bora (10-2) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Ash High (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Led until after 2nd, left in lead and hampered 5th, hampered by loose horse and headed next, lost place 12th, soon struggling, 11th of 15, well behind Carrickmines (11-12) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 5-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, mid-division, lost place when hampered 6th, headway 9th, weakened 3 out, hit last, 5th of 12, 22l behind Sir Ian (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Khazar (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, under pressure 4 out, soon beaten, 7th of 11, well behind Hever Road (10-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
Early Wings (GER) 9-2fav (10-10) Mid-division on outside, headway 12th, challenged 3 out, led before next, ridden last, headed flat, kept on until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Basoda (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Caspar of Tarsus (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Prominent in chasing group, mistake 6th, blundered and ridden 12th, one pace in modest 6th when hit 2 out, 6th of 17, 17l behind Gunship (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Wham Bang 100-1 (11-0) Held up behind, struggling 3 out, soon lost touch, left remote 4th next, never dangerous, 4th of 5, well behind Restless Harry (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Commanche Dream 33-1 (11-5) Not fluent 1st, soon lost touch, tailed off from 6th, last of 4, well behind Just Amazing (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr.
Jacarado (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, reminders and outpaced 13th, stayed on under pressure from 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 13, 33l behind Basoda (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Arceye 11-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led 17th, not fluent 2 out, driven flat, stayed on, won at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Apr beating Montana Gold (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Gerrard (IRE) 7-2fav (10-9) Chased leaders, outpaced 13th, soon ridden and lost place, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Man of The Moment (11-6) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Mar, 14 ran.
Well Mick (IRE) 9-2fav (10-3) Behind, reminders 8th, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 34l behind Basoda (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Shulmin 7-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway to chase leading pair 4 out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd between last 2, kept on, no impression with winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Finbin (11-4) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.