A high-class race where Victor Leudorum attempts to make a successful leap into all age handicaps having won four novice contests on the spin. Charlie Mann's progressive sort could literally be anything and we reluctantly oppose him with SHOEGAZER. David Pipe's seven-year-old had already competed in some decent races over hurdles before switching to fences, but his ability to handle testing conditions has probably given the trainer every encouragement to take a tilt at this prize and he can give weight and a beating to his rivals. Los Nadis is a previous course winner and he has to be respected, whilst Lieutenant Miller is noteworthy as an exceptionally rare raider from the Nicky Henderson yard. It has taken some time for Royal Riviera to come to hand having shown initial promise and Nigel Twiston-Davies steps him up in grade having campaigned him successfully at Hereford and Ffos Las.
Shoegazer (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Led, mistake 4th, hampered by loose horse and headed approaching 5th, every chance 4 out, led before next, left clear 2 out, eased down closing stages, won at Southwell 3m nov chs (4) gd beating Moyode Wood (10-12) by 6l, 11 ran.
Victor Leudorum (IRE) 4-6fav (11-1) Made all, shaken up when jumped left last, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jun beating Traditional Bob (11-8) by 4l, 8 ran.
Los Nadis (GER) 6-1 (11-7) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, ridden after 3 out, edged right and every chance flat, slight bump towards finish, just held close home, 2nd of 7, hd behind Den of Iniquity (10-6) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Apr.
Manger Hanagment (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway to go 2nd over 2 out, pushed along before last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Captain Scarlett (10-6) at Hexham 3m sell (5) hvy in Jun.
Charminster (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, reminder and lost place after 5th, outpaced 4 out, plugged on to moderate 3rd 2 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Jolly Roger (11-3) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jun.
Degas Art (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, under strong pressure in 5th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Mumbles Head (10-5) at Perth 3m hcp chs (2) sft in Jun, 17 ran.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Held up, headway approaching 5th, led 3 out, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) hvy beating Cabimas (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Makhzoon (USA) 16-1 (11-7) Made all, joined 3 out, clear when went right and hit 2 out, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jun beating Inoogoo (11-7) by 5l, 10 ran.
Valento 7-2 (10-12) In touch, mistake 10th, not fluent next, soon ridden, beaten when mistake 3 out, 4th of 10, 28l behind Johnny's Way (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Dineur (FR) 6-4fav (11-1) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, not fluent and dropped to 3rd last, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Romeo Americo (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jun.
Royal Riviera 5-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, chased leader next, challenged 2 out, pressed leader last, soon carried left, lead close home, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Jun beating Sansili (10-10) by hd, 10 ran.
Bollin Felix 13-8 (11-6) Jumped slowly 1st held up, headway 3rd, chased winner 5th until next, chased winner again and hit 2 out, 6 lengths down at last, ridden and ran on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Rupert Lamb (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar '11.
Lieutenant Miller 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, ridden approaching next, kept on same pace, no chance with winner between last 2, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind The Fonz (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
What A Steel (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, no extra in 4th last, 4th of 10, 7l behind Makhzoon (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jun.
Keenes Day (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, challenged before 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Special Account (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jun.
Tekthelot (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 3 out, went 3rd and ridden after next, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 16l behind The Fonz (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.