This looks like a pipe-opener for useful staying chaser Galaxy Rock but he's not badly treated over timber. Trackmate is upped in distance and grade while Rossmore Lad has been pulled up in his last two starts and has a bit to prove now. Mavalenta has been put up 4lb following her second at Market Rasen which means she only receives a pound from AIMIGAYLE. Suzy Smith's likeable mare has won over 3m1f so it's worth taking a chance she'll stay the extra quarter-mile and she's rated 9lb higher over fences. She's preferred to Only Witness who won over fences at Ludlow and Huntingdon last season but lost his way in the spring and his last win over hurdles came off a 17lb lower mark.
Galaxy Rock (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) In rear, blundered 8th, never involved, tailed off, 9th of 19, well behind Tidal Bay (11-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Apr.
Trackmate 9-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, challenged approaching 3 out, led before next, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep beating On The Bridge (11-3) by 5l, 10 ran.
Rossmore Lad (IRE) 9-2fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, not fluent 7th, led next, not fluent 9th, soon headed, weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Hills Of Aran (11-5) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May, 13 ran.
Aimigayle 7-2 (11-11) Led, driven and headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure, held on for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Wild Rhubarb (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Mavalenta (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up, ridden 3 out, headway next, chased winner last, driven and stayed on flat, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Glingerbank (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Only Witness (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Prominent, challenged 5th, led 6th until 9th, led before 14th, not fluent 15th, joined 2 out, fell last, in a race won by Global Flyer (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr, 10 ran.
Dais Return (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Held up in last trio, driven after 3 out, plugged on from next, never involved, 5th of 10, 26l behind Is It Me (10-8) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.