Donald McCain has sent NODFORM RICHARD all the way from Cheshire and the champions takes the reins. The eight-year-old won over this trip at Catterick in December and, only a couple of pounds higher, can give the weight away to these. Leg Iron is only a pound higher than when second at Plumpton last month and has place claims again while Smart Catch will enjoy conditions, though only beat one home last time at Market Rasen. It's difficult to see any of the others getting involved on recent form.
Nodform Richard 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders on outside, slipped on landing 4th, pushed along approaching 11th, chased winner after next, mistake 15th, lost 2nd 4 out, weakened after next, 3rd of 4, 49l behind Mr Supreme (10-8) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Leg Iron (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Led, joined 7th, headed before 11th, led again approaching 4 out, headed after next, no extra approaching last, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind West Cork Flash (11-4) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Addiction 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gaye Memories (10-11) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Smart Catch (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Close up in 4th place, headway to chase leader 4 out, led next, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Roc De Guye (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Call At Midnight 40-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs to 8; wl bhnd when pu 3 out, in a race won by Gunmoney (12-7) at Fitzwilliam (Milton) 3m ptp gs in May, 5 ran.
The General Lee (IRE) 80-1 (11-6) In touch, went 2nd 7th, led 9th, headed after 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 11, well behind Universal Soldier (11-4) at Stratford 3m 4f (3) gs in May.
Danderry (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Held up, headway 8th, reminder after 11th, weakened approaching 4 out, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 30l behind Miss Saffron (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Jun '12.