Atlanta Falcon would have a chance in this if Donald McCain has managed to coax him back to his best but both of PADDY THE HARE's victories over hurdles have come at this track and he was placed on all four starts over fences last summer. Richard Newland is capable of getting his charges ready at home so the long absence isn't a worry and he makes more appeal than The Jugopolist, who would probably prefer more give in the ground than he'll get here. Duneen Point was in decent form over hurdles last season but was rated a lot lower than some of his rivals in this.
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division, behind 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by Action Master (10-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gs in Oct, 20 ran.
Duneen Point (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, led after 7th, soon headed, mistake 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 14, 11l behind Earcomesthedream (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Fitz Volonte 33-1 (10-7) In touch in 4th, reminders after 10th, soon weakened, soon pulled up, in a race won by Deireadh Re (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f beg chase (4) gs, 5 ran.
Paddy The Hare (IRE) 6-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 10th, driven 8 lengthes clear after 3 out, headed last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 3, 1 1/4l behind Alpine Breeze (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Aug.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) In touch in mid-division, headway 5th, ridden 3 out, no extra before last, 6th of 11, 25l behind Open Day (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Pressed leader, upsides and every chance when fell 3 out, in a race won by Grey Missile (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd, 10 ran.