FRESH AIR AND FUN comes into this race in great form and he is taken to win again at the expense of Valley Ride and Rustarix. The selection won off a mark of 108 at Ludlow before winning off 115 at Sandown last time out. The handicapper has raised him a further seven pounds in the weights which will make life tough from now on. That said he looks to be improving fast and still appears to be ahead of the handicapper now he is upped in class. Valley Ride won back to back races at Fakenham and Newton Abbot and has his first run in a handicap chase. He was rated as high as 138 over hurdles so appears to be well in off 125 today so any market moves should be noted. Rustarix unseated his rider at the first last time out at Market Rasen but showed a decent level of form win winning at Sandown earlier in the year and most recently at Huntington and with conditions to suit he is another to follow in the market. However for the winner we return to Fresh Air And Fun.
Shouldhavehadthat (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In touch, hampered 4th and 14th, weakened approaching 17th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Character Building (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Mar, 24 ran.
Auroras Encore (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Prominent, led 8th, mistake and headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 22, 25l behind Sunnyhillboy (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd.
Rustarix (FR) 2-1 (11-8) Chased winner, hampered, unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Seymour Weld (11-5) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov stks (3) gd, 4 ran.
Valley Ride (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, challenged 2 out, ridden into narrow advantage approaching last, left clear, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f nov stks (3) gf in Mar beating Baren De Doc (10-12) by 5l, 4 ran.
Silver By Nature 6-4fav (11-12) Led until fell 5th, in a race won by Panama At Once (10-5) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 4 ran.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) Mostly jumped well, led to 10th, led next, clear before 2 out, driven out flat, won at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar beating Trigger The Light (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Storymaker 25-1 (11-6) Held up, headway 10th, ridden to lead last, held on under pressure flat, won at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar beating Teenando (9-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Fiftyfive Degrees (IRE) 3-1fav (11-1) Jumped left, tracked leaders, outpaced when stumbled 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Storymaker (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar, 8 ran.
Seize 7-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, some headway and every chance 4 out, soon ridden and kept on until approaching 2 out, driven out, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp 0-100 (4) gd in Dec beating Stravaigin (11-2) by 4l, 13 ran.