Kilbree Kid has taken well to fences but has a lot do conceding weight to some battle-hardened handicappers, with STAGECOACH PEARL a typical example. Sue Smith's charge hasn't won now since 2011 but has optimum conditions here, ran a cracking race last time behind The Romford Pele in the Uttoxeter John Smith's Summer Cup and previously finished a creditable second at Aintree. He deserves another success and should go well if conditions remain favourable. High Ron, now three from his last four, is clearly progressive at this sort of level and could eke out further progress whilst Ballybough Gorta has been much better the last twice. They look the main dangers to the selection although Nodform Richard will be popular for McCain and McCoy but this is a better race than the one he landed last time and he may not represent good value.
Kilbree Kid (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 4th, outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 4, 24l behind Bob Keown (11-0) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (3) gf.
Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Led, headed before 3 out, chased leader, driven along and lost 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd, breast girth broke, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Prince Tom (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
High Ron 5-2 (11-12) Made all, pushed along and mistake 3 out, clear and not fluent last, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Georgian King (10-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Scotswell 11-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 11, 24l behind Book'em Danno (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Stagecoach Pearl 20-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway before 15th, outpaced next, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 5th of 17, 26l behind The Romford Pele (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Nodform Richard 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, closed 12th, challenged 4 out, led after next, not fluent 2 out, all out, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun beating Addiction (11-3) by nk, 5 ran.
Silver Man 20-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders 5 out, never on terms, 4th of 10, 20l behind Heronry (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) With leader, led 10th until 12th, outpaced 4 out, rallied last, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 8l behind The Panama Kid (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.