EL MONDO hasn't raced for over two years but won both starts over hurdles in France and won't have to be anything special to score on his chasing debut for powerful connections. George Nympton is the only one of these with experience over fences and he didn't shape too badly when a well-beaten second at Exeter. He makes more appeal than modest hurdlers Tom O'Tara and Lady Willa, while Henry's Hero has shown nothing so far in bumpers or on the Flat.
El Mondo (FR) (10-7) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f hdl hvy in Nov '09 beating Vie D'artiste (10-3) by 2l, 14 ran.
George Nympton (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Tracked winner, close up 4 out, ridden and beaten approaching 2 out, well held when mistake last, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Easter Meteor (11-1) at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Henry's Hero 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden 5f out, hung left and toiling 5f out, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Rudanphast (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Aug '10.
Tom O'Tara 11-1 (10-12) Led, clear 6th until after 8th, headed 3 out, 5th and beaten when hung left after 2 out, weakened flat, 6th of 12, 23l behind Havingotascoobydo (11-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Lady Willa (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led, joined 3rd, ridden and headed soon after 3 out, weakend 2 out, 4th of 6, 17l behind Looks Like Slim (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gf in Apr.