This is a lot more competitive than the race Lord Lescribaa won at Newton Abbot 10 days ago. Power Pack Jack proved disappointing last season while Hobb's Dream may need this after a short break and Oddjob is now tried in blinkers after appearing one-paced when fourth to Fairwood Massini in a novices' handicap over course and distance earlier this month. Aikideau hinted at a revival at Newton Abbot and is another tried in headgear, as is Dunkelly Castle, but NUMBERCRUNCHER looks interesting off this mark having had a confidence-boosting win between the flags and he's just preferred to the consistent Sandynow.
Aikideau (FR) 5-2fav (11-12) Chased leaders, dropped to 5th at 8th, headway in modest 3rd when blundered and lost 3rd 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 16l behind Lough Derg Way (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Benefit Night (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Led 1st until after next, led 3rd, took wrong course (missed out fence) and pulled up next, in a race won by Special Portrait (11-13) at Cartmel 3m 2f hts chs (6) sft in May, 9 ran.
Fairwood Massini (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway before 9th, led before 4 out, mistake 2 out, headed before last, soon regained lead, kept on well towards finish, won at Ffos Las 3m 5yo nov hcp (4) gd beating Minella Fifty (11-10) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Power Pack Jack (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Led, not fluent 3rd, hit 11th, reminder before 13th, not fluent 16th, headed soon after next, not fluent 18th, weakened next, lost modest 3rd after 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Emma Soda (11-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Mar, 4 ran.
Sadler's Star (GER) 25-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 8th until 12th, weakened 4 out, tailed off when blundered last, 5th of 8, 46l behind Lough Derg Way (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Oddjob (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after 8th, one pace from 4 out, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Fairwood Massini (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m 5yo nov hcp (4) gd.
Dunkelly Castle (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, pushed along after 13th, lost 2nd 15th, weakened after 5 out, 5th of 7, well behind Financial Climate (10-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in May.
Sandynow (IRE) 10-3fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 10th, challenged next, edged right flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Mohi Rahrere (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Numbercruncher (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Hdwy 7; led 11; clr 2 out; just held on, won at Pembrokeshire 3m ptp gs in May beating Danny Mags (12-0) by hd, 9 ran.
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway after 16th, went 3rd before 5 out, 2nd when not much room 3 out, led just before last where mistake, soon headed, led again final 120 yards, stayed on, won at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr beating Timpo (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Lord Lescribaa (FR) 12-1 (10-11) Prominent, led 3rd, headed before 4th, not fluent 6th, led 12th, not fluent 16th, clear before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-95 (5) gf beating Flanagan (11-4) by 21l, 12 ran.