One time high-class hurdler Yanworth proved unconvincing over conventional fences, despite winning twice, but made a successful start in cross-country events at this venue in November.
He was notably strong in the betting prior to the off on what was just his second start for Edna Bolger, and duly repaid support, jumping fluently in the main before overcoming a late error to open his account at the first time of asking in this discipline.
He departed too soon to say what might have happened when coming down at the 20th fence at Cheltenham last time, but he sets the benchmark in this field and holds obvious claims if none the worse for his spill.
Rocky’s Silver proved better than ever back over fences when cashing in on a lenient mark to land the odds at this venue in November, and, following a below-par effort over hurdles at Cork early last month, he quickly got back to winning ways returned to fences here later the same month.
He has only lost once in handicap company over fences and a 7lb rise may not be enough to stop him extending that record here, with the step up in trip expected to eke out further improvement.
Getaway Gorgeous and Lady Breffni are both promising sorts for leading yards, and this could end up being a straight shoot-out between the two, but it may pay to look elsewhere given their respective forecasted prices. Another hailing from a leading yard is Bioverdia, who represents Gordon Elliott.
Bioverdia impressively got off the mark at the first attempt in bumpers back in April, quickening clear to win by 12 lengths, before shaping better than the bare result might suggest when thrown into Grade 3 company up against her elders next time out.
She was disappointing in a listed mares’ bumper at Navan on her latest start, but makes her hurdles debut here and, based on the form she showed first-time-out, is surely capable of better. She is in good hands and may be worth a second look at a potentially big price.