Henry San remains in fine fettle but the Stratford winner is taking on much better rivals here than he's faced so far. That comment also applies to the consistent Sadler's Star and Velator. Henry Hook should be at home in this company and can be given a chance but CARRIGMORNA KING is preferred. He's been plying his trade in novice handicaps of late and wasn't far behind the progressive Arthur's Pass last time. Philip Hobbs' charge is taken to defy top weight and come out best in this.
Carrigmorna King (IRE) 7-4 (11-5) Led, not always fluent, reached at 2nd, headed after 12th, every chance 4 out, mistake 2 out, one pace, last of 3, 9l behind Arthur's Pass (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Song Sung Blue (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Jumped left and slowly at times, chased leaders, ridden after 10th, lost touch from next, 4th of 5, 37l behind Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Webberys Dream 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, fell 4th, in a race won by Politeo (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Henry Hook (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led 4th, ridden after 12th, headed 4 out, weakened last, 6th of 8, 21l behind Cootehill (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Velator 9-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, led next, headed 14th, jumped left 4 out, no extra from 3 out, 5th of 6, 28l behind De La Bech (10-12) at Exeter 3m nov chs 0-125 (4) gd in Mar.
Henry San (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 12th, mistakes 5 out and 4 out, every chance 2 out, held from last, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Fairy Rath (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Sadler's Star (GER) 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, ridden after 15th, one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 12, 24l behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Bold Perk (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Ridden early, in rear, pecked 11th (water), behind next, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.