Bendant was second at Exeter on his reappearance and has won here over a shorter trip. But stamina could be an issue on today's ground. Power Pack Jack is another course winner but he's now in the veteran stage and has never been easy to predict. WHISKEY AND RED is well treated if he can recapture the form he showed when winning over 3m on heavy ground at Thurles a little under a year ago. His latest fifth at Listowel wasn't a bad effort and he's preferred to Night Alliance, who has had his jumping problems in the past but ran well over hurdles last week. Miss Saffron still looks too high in the weights.
Bendant 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led 4th, mistake 6th, not fluent 7th and next, hit 4 out, dived at next, went right pecked and and narrowly headed 2 out, chased winner and kept on flat, always held, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Special Account (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Power Pack Jack (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden and lost place after 5th, jumped slowly 6th and 8th, well behind from 9th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Mostly Bob (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul.
Ravens Brook (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, outpaced 9th, well held before 2 out, 4th of 6, 39l behind Shadows Lengthen (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Apr.
Night Alliance (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 8th, led 3 out, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Lookout Mountain (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Miss Saffron 16-1 (10-10) Held up, headway when not fluent 5th, ridden after 7th, 3rd and beaten 2 out, weakened, 3rd of 7, 28l behind Midnight Belle (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Chasers Chance (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, well beaten 4 out, 8th of 15, 26l behind Hunters Lodge (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Soon well off the pace in mid-division, some headway 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 5th of 18, 20l behind Shantalla (10-11) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 in Sep.