Radjhani Express has been raised 10lb since scoring at Cheltenham but runner-up Ackertac franked the form earlier this week so the form looks solid. Changing Times was third to Benefficient in a Grade 2 at The Festival, when Desert Cry was pulled up, and was also placed behind Captain Conan in a Grade 1 at Aintree but he has quite a bit to find with TAP NIGHT on that run. Lucinda Russell's six-year-old stayed on strongly into second in that latter race and can go one better here as Rebel Rebellion was scheduled to contest a novices' handicap here yesterday. Drumshambo and Aibrean may struggle in this grade.
Drumshambo (USA) 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division on outside, in touch 5th, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 23, 19l behind Alderwood (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar.
Rajdhani Express 16-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, closed before 3 out, challenged next, led approaching last, all out, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) sft in Mar beating Ackertac (11-9) by nk, 20 ran.
Changing Times (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up behind, blundered 12th, effort before 2 out, went 3rd before last, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Captain Conan (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd.
Desert Cry (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, struggling 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Benefficient (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Rebel Rebellion (IRE) 6-1fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway 8th, shaken up and lost place when mistake 4 out, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Oiseau de Nuit (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd, 17 ran.
Tap Night (USA) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, chased winner before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on and always held, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Captain Conan (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd.
Aibrean (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) In rear, went 4th from 7th, went 3rd from 4 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, always held by winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Upsilon Bleu (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Mar.