Boyfromnowhere races keenly and, though winning easily on fast ground at Uttoxeter in September, couldn't sustain his effort at Chepstow next time. The longer trip on soft ground is a worry and we'll take him on with the stoutly-bred STANDING OVATION, who has already been placed over 3m between the flags and will be staying on here when others have cried enough. Fontwell winner Uncle Jimmy has more to do here while Victor Echo disappointed when favourite at Huntingdon but winning pointer High Ho Sheriff could be interesting and there should also be more to come from Mumbles Bay now he has a few hurdles to jump. He can reverse bumper form with Sir Benfro.
Boyfromnowhere (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Led, joined 4 out, headed soon after, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Awaywiththegreys (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 6th, headway before next, went 2nd when mistake last, led flat, stayed on, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct beating Meganisi (11-5) by 2l, 9 ran.
Elm Hall (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld til jnd aftr 2out, no ex late, lft 2nd last, ko, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Edmund Kean (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
High Ho Sheriff (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) won at Paxford 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Hall Kelly (12-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Mumbles Bay (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Chased winner until pushed along 3f out, stayed on same pace in 3rd final 2f, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Too Generous (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Sep.
Sir Benfro 4-1 (10-13) Not fluent, held up in touch, headway and in touch on outside when wandered 7th, mistake next, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Highland Retreat (10-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Hampered soon after start, soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 14, 9l behind Three Old Amigos (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in May.
Victor Echo (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Held up in rear, stumbled on bend after 7th, headway next, mistake 3 out, close 4th when not fluent 2 out, one pace flat, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Genstone Trail (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Joe's Daughter 66-1 (10-2) Always behind, weakened 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Reaction (10-9) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Oct.