This is probably one of the most competitive handicap chases of the season so far with the weights headed by Join Together, who was last seen in the Grand National at Aintree, and Well Refreshed. Gary Moore's charge won a Grade 3 at Haydock in February while Theatrical Star got back on track with victories at Exeter and Fontwell. Pete The Feat won five times between October and December last year and Storm Survivor is a dour stayer and won the Listed Summer Cup at Uttoxeter in June. Alfie Spinner likes it here and has fallen to an attractive mark and Emma Lavelle's yard is in great form so Court By Surprise must be worth a second look near the foot of the weights. But WHAT A WARRIOR may be capable of better this season and goes well fresh. He's still only a six-year-old and should stay further nowadays.
Join Together (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, reminders after 21st, never on terms, weakened 2 out, 12th of 40, well behind Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gs in Apr.
Well Refreshed 11-1 (11-5) Always behind, never involved, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 19 ran.
Theatrical Star 11-10fav (11-10) Jumped well, made all, easily, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) gs in Apr beating Financial Climate (10-12) by 5l, 9 ran.
Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Mid-division, plugging on when not fluent 2 out, no impression under pressure from last, 7th of 19, 21l behind Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Al Co (FR) 11-1 (10-10) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on well from last, never nearer, 5th of 16, 14l behind Bouggler (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Ace High 4-1fav (10-2) Behind, blundered 7th, blundered and pulled up after next, in a race won by Roberto Goldback (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Pete The Feat (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Led, headed 3 out, weakened next, 12th of 24, 42l behind Golden Chieftain (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Held up, headway from 13th, outpaced when not fluent 4 out, rallied 2 out, went 2nd before last, led flat, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun beating Pure Faith (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 18 ran.
What A Warrior (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, reminder after 13th, headway on outside before 16th, every chance before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 35l behind Life Of A Luso (10-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Merrion Square (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 10th, pushed along in 4th after 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Problema Tic (10-12) at Perth 3m hcp chs (2) gf in Jun.
Nataani (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Went prominent 2nd, not fluent 9th, not much room 11th, lost place after 13th, rallied before 2 out, 3rd and beaten before last, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Full Of Joy (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Alfie Spinner (IRE) 5-2fav (10-2) Led, headed 1st, tracked leaders and not fluent, reminders after 5 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 33l behind Lost Glory (10-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in May.
Alvarado (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, bad mistake 16th, remote 7th 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, 4th when jumped left and mistake last, kept on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Life Of A Luso (10-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Court By Surprise (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Always behind, 15th of 24, 48l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.
Mostly Bob (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led, jumped right, headed after 3 out, no extra next, 4th of 6, 27l behind Full Of Joy (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Mid-division, headway before 19th, ridden before 4 out, weakened before last, 7th of 24, 21l behind Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.