|1st||Al Co (FR)||9/1|
|1||10/0404-||Al Co (FR) 21||7||10-12||D C Costello||P Bowen||119||9/1|
|2||0/24202-||Brass Tax (IRE) 30||6||10-12||Aidan Coleman||B I Case||14/1|
|3||121165-||Deireadh Re (IRE) 26||6||10-12 t1||Harry Derham (7)||P F Nicholls||5/6|
|4||143371-||Same Difference (IRE) 15||6||10-12||S Twiston-Davies||N A Twiston-Davies||15/8|
DEIREADH RE boasts some very decent form over hurdles, winning a Grade 2 novice event at Cheltenham in December when Brass Tax was back in fourth. Fifth in a Grade 3 handicap at Aintree on his latest outing, he can make a winning start to his chase career though Same Difference is also a smart prospect over fences and comes here off the back of a confidence-boosting success over the smaller obstacles at Ffos Las. Al Co is a bit more exposed than his rivals but is another with winning form over hurdles and he adds to the interest in a competitive-looking race, despite the small number of entries.
Al Co (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Chased leading trio, headway to 3rd before 6th, went 2nd briefly before 3 out, weakened soon after, 4th of 6, 6l behind Imperial Circus (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Brass Tax (IRE) 6-5fav (11-0) Led until 3 out, soon beaten, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 15, 14l behind Frizzo (11-0) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Deireadh Re (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) In touch, steady headway after 4 out, effort next, soon ridden, kept on same pace 2 out, no impression, 5th of 21, 11l behind Cape Tribulation (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Same Difference (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Made all, jumped right, clear 7th, unchallenged, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr beating Triptico (11-5) by 24l, 8 ran.