Suspect should have learned plenty from his run behind African Broadway at Newbury and is probably the pick of those with previous experience but this may well go to one of several nicely-bred newcomers. Given Nicky Henderson's record in this type of race Sizing India, a half-brother to several winning chasers, is sure to be popular while Warren Greatrex's Buddy Bolero is a full brother to the smart Fingeronthepulse. But let's take a chance that Victor Dartnall will have MR HOOPER fully primed for his debut. The Karinga Bay gelding is a full brother to bumper winners Earl's Kitchen and Countess Point and his stable has been firing in the winners of late.
Bob Lewis 7-2 (11-7) Mid div, rcd ok 3rd from 5out, eff to close 2out, 3l down & rdn when lft ld aftr last, won at Maralin 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Filbert Fox (11-7) by dis, 8 ran.
Buddy Bolero (IRE) Accordion gelding out of Quinnsboro Ice.
Chance Encounter (IRE) Anshan gelding out of Glittering Grit.
Major Bob 50-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, lost place 10f out, weakened over 7f out, badly tailed off, last of 12, well behind Queens Bay (10-8) at Fontwell 1m 6f cond NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Mr Hooper Karinga Bay gelding out of Rempstone.
Sizing India (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Brown Forest.
Suspect (GER) 3-1 (10-11) Never reaced beyond mid-division, well behind as field came into view final 110 yards, tailed off, 18th of 20, well behind African Broadway (11-2) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Dec.
Todareistodo 14-1 (11-0) Held up, headway to track leaders 4f out, kept on one pace final 3f, 4th of 8, 18l behind Valley Lad (11-0) at Ffos Las 1m 6f nhf (5) sft in Nov.
Uncle Johnny Alflora gelding out of Lady Speckles.
Champagne Rosie 80-1 (10-10) Raced wide in mid-division, weakened entering straight, 12th of 17, 50l behind Shuil Royale (11-10) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Dancing Emily (IRE) Anshan mare out of Goodthyne Lady.
Titch Strider (IRE) Milan mare out of Just Little.
Barrison Baryshnikov gelding out of Good Skills.
Pinkneys Prince Fair Mix gelding out of Cool Run.
Romany Quest 66-1 (10-7) Behind most of way, tailed off, 9th of 14, 47l behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Shinko Moon 28-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Cousin Khee (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f 3yo nhf (6) gd in Oct.
Weebitevil Mark Of Esteem filly out of Kasamba.