Lidar needs things to go his way and is high enough in the weights on his return while Kid Cassidy may also have a few pounds too much, though was set some very stiff tasks in the spring. MERRION SQUARE made an inauspicious start over fences at Folkestone in January but left that form behind when getting off the mark at Newton Abbot in July and followed up in better company at the same track last month. This is tougher still but he may be up to the task. Takeroc and Falcon Island may need this but Silver Roque won at Bangor on his comeback and is preferred to veteran Keelaghan and Fontwell third Gus Macrae
Kid Cassidy (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mistake 1st, behind, headway under pressure 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on from last, never near leaders, 5th of 13, 26l behind Edgardo Sol (11-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Takeroc (FR) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division on inside, chased leaders under pressure before 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 13, 30l behind Edgardo Sol (11-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Lidar (FR) 7-2fav (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, jumped left 4th, ridden 2 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Rio Gael (10-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs (2) gd in May.
Falcon Island 9-1 (11-5) With leader until lost place quickly 6th, behind and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Doeslessthanme (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Pure Faith (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up, pushed along 6th, mistake and ridden 7th, soon behind, pulled up before next, in a race won by Marodima (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs, 8 ran.
Keelaghan (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Waited with well off the pace towards rear, headway 4 out, soon no impression, 12th of 20, 44l behind Sir Ector (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Aug.
Merrion Square (IRE) 7-4fav (11-11) Led until 8th, soon switched right, led approaching 2 out, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) sft in Sep beating Tiger O'Toole (12-4) by 2l, 5 ran.
Silver Roque (FR) 15-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 6th, clear before 2 out, eased run-in, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Humbel Ben (11-5) by 5l, 7 ran.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 9-2 (10-6) Mid-division, not fluent 8th, headway approaching 4 out, no extra before last, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Marodima (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs.