QHILIMAR has the best piece of recent form with a victory at Newton Abbot last month to his credit. He's 7lb higher today but can follow up here before taking his chance in next month's Hennessy. Lackamon made a winning return to action in a novice event at Hexham last time but has more on his plate today, while Humbie is upped in grade after scoring over these fences earlier this month. The Hollinwell produced one of his better efforts when runner-up last time and will be thereabouts with a similar performance, while Haydock winner Born Again looked a bit ring-rusty on his recent comeback and better is expected from him over this trip. Minella Boys has the ability to win this but has failed to complete the last twice. Mister Marker has ability but normally needs a couple of runs to put him straight.
The Hollinwell 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, in touch, chased leaders after 3rd, led 5th, headed next, led again approaching and mistake 8th, headed after 2 out, soon rallied, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Fortysecond Street (10-1) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gf in Apr.
Qhilimar (FR) 3-1fav (11-4) Led 1st until 4th, led after 13th, not fluent 16th or 2 out, driven clear flat, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep beating Earth Planet (10-3) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Born Again (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, blundered and rider lost iron briefly 2nd, stumbled badly 11th, headway under pressure before 4 out, hit 4 out, weakened next, 8th of 13, 20l behind Ethiopia (9-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd.
Minella Boys (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Rear of mid-division, mistake 2nd, never a factor, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Alfa Beat (11-3) at Listowel 3m hcp chs sft in Sep, 17 ran.
Cois Farraig 7-2fav (12-5) Soon held up in last trio, not fluent 12th, headway to 3rd at 14th, went 2nd before 3 out until soon after 3 out, weakened after next, 6th of 8, 22l behind Blu Teen (11-7) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Simply Smashing (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until approaching 5th, lost place next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Ongenstown Lad (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gf.
Heez A Steel (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Brought down 1st, in a race won by Bescot Springs (10-5) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs, 10 ran.
Lackamon 11-10fav (11-0) In touch, took keen hold, led 16th, not fluent 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Hexham 3m 1f nov chs (3) gd in Sep beating Majestic Mayhem (11-10) by 5l, 4 ran.
Mister Marker (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 8th, ridden 5 out, chased winner before 2 out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Whats Up Woody (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Captain Americo (IRE) 3-1fav (11-1) Held up towards rear, hit 17th, kept on from last, no impression, 4th of 10, 16l behind Bescot Springs (10-5) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs.
Storymaker 12-1 (10-6) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sonny Mullen (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf in Jun, 9 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along and outpaced from 5 out, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Dom D'Orgeval (11-2) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Humbie (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division and keen, headway before 5 out, led before 3 out, jumped left 2 out, kept on from last, driven out, won at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Strongbows Legend (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Minster Shadow 8-1 (10-12) Led to 1st, tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, mistake 5th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Zed Candy (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Stolen Moments (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 2nd, led again next, headed 3 out, ridden and soon weakened, 5th of 7, 39l behind Abbey Lane (11-5) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun '10.
Power Pack Jack (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th (water), blundered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Runshan (11-2) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 8 ran.