Timetoring could go close here if returning in the same mood as when winning easily at Ffos Las in April. But he's conceding a stone to ROYAL MILE, who had plenty left in the locker when making a winning reappearance in a conditionals' race over C&D 11 days ago. David Pipe's charge deserves a chance to show that performance was no fluke. Desperate Dex won at Wincanton last month but Notabotheronme was never travelling when favourite at Uttoxeter and pulled up. For The Staff could be well treated on his form in Ireland but will have to prove he retains all of his old ability.
For The Staff (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Held up; hdwy 18; went 2nd nxt; no imp 3 out, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Lucette Annie (11-7) at Upcott Cross 4m ptp gd in Apr.
Desperate Dex (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, clear from last, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct beating Dunkelly Castle (11-12) by 18l, 9 ran.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, jumped very slowly and lost place 2nd, never going well after, well behind from 9th, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Kilcascan (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct, 7 ran.
Timetoring 9-1 (9-10) Held up, not fluent and reminders 10th, headway 12th, led 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr beating Stormhoek (11-7) by 16l, 7 ran.
Royal Mile (IRE) 3-1fav (9-13) Restrained start, pulled hard and held up well in rear, headway to track leaders and still pulling 12th, went 2nd 4 out, upsides on bit last, soon led and quickened clear, won with bit in hand, won at Chepstow 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Oct beating Thirtytwo Red (10-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Lupita (IRE) 200-1 (10-0) Held up, behind 10th, mistake next, 8th of 10, well behind Johnny's Way (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.