Jonjo and AP won this last year and Caddie Master, who completed a hat-trick over hurdles last summer, is an interesting recruit to fences. He gave 9lb and a head beating to Consult at Bangor in August and Martin Keighley's charge will do well to reverse the form. Sangfroid's one decent effort over fences came on this track but he ran poorly on his two subsequent starts but Valento is a fair hurdler who is in very good form and beat a big field at Kempton in April. Francesa was a progressive hurdler and will be better for her opening run over fences on this track but it's LIKE MINDED who gets the nod as he was better than these over timber and will have learnt something from his one run over fences at Fakenham in February.
Caddie Master (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, struggling 7th, last when hit next, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Sivola De Sivola (10-13) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Consult 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 7th, 8th of 11, 31l behind Small Fly (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Exactly 150-1 (10-9) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Lucky Vic (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs, 11 ran.
Like Minded 16-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, weakened from 2 out, 12th of 21, 38l behind Attaglance (11-12) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Sangfroid 12-1 (11-5) Jumped left, chased winner until ridden 13th, weakened after next, 5th of 7, 29l behind Old Wigmore (11-0) at Exeter 3m Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Teenage Kicks (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Prominent, hit 1st, lost place 3rd, not fluent 6th, brought down 8th, in a race won by Top Smart (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May, 10 ran.
Valento 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Mister Dillon (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Francesa 4-1 (10-7) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway 9th, soon ridden, no extra 2 out, 4th of 10, 17l behind Top Smart (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May.