Zepnove won over C&D last month before finishing third at Plumpton but the softer ground is a worry. Topaze Collonges will handle conditions, however, having won by a wide margin on easy going at Plumpton in April. Al Amaan has proved disappointing but Roc de Guye should make his presence felt and is preferred to the returning Brousse En Feux. SABLAZO has let supporters down badly since winning here in November last year but is now 3lb lower and has shown enough to suggest he retains some ability. The market may be the best guide to his chances but this won't take much winning and he makes more appeal than most.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 11-4 (11-10) Prominent, led 4th, left clear 2 out, easily, won at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr beating Gainsborough's Art (10-10) by 47l, 5 ran.
Al Amaan 10-1 (11-9) Raced keenly, led, headed and stumbled 4 out, chased winner until after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Bazart (10-7) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Brousse En Feux (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Held up, badly bumped 2nd, dropped to rear and soon ridden, tailed off from 6th, 7th of 9, 35l behind Chapel House (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f Am hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Bajan Sunshine (IRE) 3-1 (10-3) Tracked leader, led 12th, ridden after 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Gunner Rose (10-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Aug '11.
Roc De Guye (FR) 9-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, awkward 8th, hampered by loose horse after 3 out, soon well beaten, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 10, 33l behind Kap West (10-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jun.
Callerlilly 50-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, mistake 9th, lost place 11th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Huckleberry (9-11) at Chepstow 3m Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) sft in Mar, 13 ran.
Zepnove (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led, headed 9th, chased leading pair, hampered 10th, no extra after 3 out, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Forever My Friend (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Sablazo (FR) 11-4 (10-5) Chased leaders until lost place and behind after 4th, last and struggling 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Blue Hills (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jun, 8 ran.
Kaycee (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Towards rear, some headway approaching 8th, struggling in modest 7th after 10th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Killfinnan Castle (10-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Mar, 12 ran.