The next race on the card is a novice chase and jumping will be at a premium with these stiff fences but hopefully NOTHINGBUTTHETRUTH can go in ahead of Lord Collingwood and Ragador. The selection seems to be getting the hang of the jumping game as his last victory shows. His jumping was much improved and he won quite easily in the end. Now that he has found the winning thread Tim Pitts son of Witness Box can go in again. Lord Collingwood is no world beater but in fairness to the horse he has always been consistent in this grade. He has been rated higher in the past and his recent good return to form means he may be well handicapped today. Andrew Tinkler takes the ride for his name sake and should be in the mix. Ragador is not the best of jumpers but is at the right yard to improve in that department and showed up in a better race at Market Rasen. Black Apache is from a yard still in great form so he must be monitored.
Scale Bank (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) In touch, weakening when hampered on inside 9th, tailed off, 6th of 11, 27l behind Gringo (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m beg chase (4) sft in Mar.
Black Apache (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2nd until mistake 4th, mistake and weakened next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mcmurrough (10-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Apr, 13 ran.
Ragador 9-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, mistake 9th, soon lost place, 4th of 8, 10l behind Tighe Caster (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Nothingbutthetruth (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) In rear, headway 8th, left in lead 4 out, clear from next, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Apr beating Pistol Basc (11-1) by 7l, 9 ran.
Colophony (USA) 8-1 (11-10) Behind, slow 8th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tighe Caster (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Persian Prince (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Chased leader, left in lead 10th, headed after last, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Dar Es Salaam (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Lord Collingwood (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Held up in touch on outer, chased leaders 4 out, ridden approaching 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, stayed towards finish just failed, 2nd of 6, hd behind Champtho (11-8) at Bangor 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Apr.