Sansili has had a very busy summer and appears to hold few secrets from the handicapper now but Eastlake looks capable of further improvement having kept his unbeaten record over hurdles intact with a battling performance at Hereford in August. Edgardo Sol was placed over hurdles and fences in France and makes his debut for champion Paul Nicholls today but preference is for OLD WAY. He can be forgiven his run from out of the handicap in the Imperial Cup at Sandown in March as he had looked a progressive novice prior to that run. Given plenty of time to recover, Venetia Williams' charge can bounce back here. Award Winner won over 2m7f at Fontwell last month but this is a much hotter contest.
Bally Legend 11-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Arthurian Legend (11-6) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Old Way (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Raced wide in touch, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 18th of 24, 47l behind Alarazi (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd in Mar.
Eastlake (IRE) 15-8 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 3 out, challenged last, led flat, driven out, won at Hereford 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Grand Lahou (10-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Ravenclaw (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, pecked 2nd, not fluent 10th, soon reminder, hit next, weakened when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Swincombe Rock (11-8) at Huntingdon 3m nov chs (3) gd in Oct '10, 5 ran.
Sansili 8-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, pushed along 5th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 29l behind Rumble Of Thunder (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Sep.
Edgardo Sol (FR) 14-1 (10-3) 2nd of 9, 2l behind Kotkieglote (9-13) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f 4yo chs sft in Jun.
Blazing Buck 66-1 (11-6) Led until headed 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 21st of 23, well behind Aegean Dawn (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) In rear, pushed along after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 4, 41l behind Sarde (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Jigsaw Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) In rear, lost touch 6th, tailed off when pulled up 5 out, in a race won by De Boitron (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) gd in Apr '10, 9 ran.
Gambo (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Always in rear, weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind My Shamwari (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Boogie Dancer 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division on outside, outpacaed 7th, soon weakened and behind, 9th of 12, well behind Kylenoe Fairy (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Award Winner 5-4fav (10-7) Tracked leader, smooth headway to lead 2 out, pressed between last 2, not fluent last, pushed out flat, stayed on towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Sep beating Winning Show (9-9) by 3l, 6 ran.