Seigneur Des Bois has the beating of Minella Theatre on his second in a decent contest at Newbury a couple of weeks ago and has to be a leading contender in this. COOMBE HILL is the elder statesman of this party but was second in this 12 months ago, finishing more than two lengths ahead of third-placed Martys Mission. Charlotte Fear's veteran is 4lb better off with the latter now and can go one better this year. Richard's Sundance, a previous course and distance winner, looks best of the rest as Shy John's point-to-point form is nothing to write home about.
Coombe Hill 7-2 (12-7) Ap; chsd wnr 3 out; wknd flat, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Rumbavu (12-7) at Larkhill Racing Club 3m ptp gd.
Richard's Sundance (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) With leader, challenged and every chance before 4 out, quickly weakened and pulled before 4 out, in a race won by Pineau De Re (10-11) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft, 8 ran.
Martys Mission (IRE) 6-4 (12-7) Hdwy 9; one pce 3 out, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Galbally King (12-0) at Cambridgeshire Harriers Hunt Clu 3m ptp gd in Dec.
Seigneur Des Bois (FR) 33-1 (11-11) Held up in 4th, closed before 6th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Foundry Square (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hts chs (6) sft.
Gosser Time 50-1 (12-0) (bl) prom til lost plce 13; rallied aft 15; wknd 2 out, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Romassor (12-0) at Tiverton 3m ptp gs.
Minella Theatre (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden 12th, no impression, 4th of 8, 20l behind Foundry Square (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hts chs (6) sft.
Shy John 4-1 (12-0) Hdwy 12; chsd wnr 15; unable qckn, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Brunswick Gold (12-7) at Cambridgeshire Harriers Hunt Clu 3m ptp gd in Dec.