ALDERTUNE found only one too good on his reappearance at Worcester last month and can go one better off the same mark here. Newbury winner Rey Nacarado has done all his winning on faster ground though he's been placed in soft while today's going may also prove problematic for Fortification, who made a winning return at Exeter earlier this month and has been raised 15lb for doing so. Giles Cross ran well in higher grade chases last season without winning, but Rapid Increase made a decent reappearance at Carlisle having won over these fences in March and could be thereabouts at the finish.
Giles Cross (IRE) 9-2fav (11-4) Chased winner virtually throughout, 15 lengths down in 2nd and well held when jumped slowly and reduced to a walk last, finished tired, 2nd of 12, 30l behind Companero (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Le Beau Bai (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, never in contention, 11th of 13, 32l behind Ethiopia (9-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Oct.
Fortification (USA) 16-1 (11-3) Made all, drawing clear when not fluent 12th, stayed on well, won at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd beating Inside Dealer (11-11) by 15l, 15 ran.
Ballyfoy (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division on inner, weakened from 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Companero (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Nozic (FR) 18-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden 5 out, soon driven and one pace, 4th of 11, 14l behind Chance Du Roy (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Free World (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Jumped left, led 2nd, headed 12th, soon lost place, behind when went left 14th and next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Exmoor Ranger (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Oct, 17 ran.
Aldertune (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 11th or 13th, challenged 4 out, slight lead after last, soon ridden and headed, outbattled towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Vincitore (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Oct.
C'Monthehammers (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Prominent on inside, led briefly after 12th, lost place and dropped to rear before 16th, soon struggling, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Money Order (10-10) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Victors Serenade (IRE) 7-5fav (11-0) Tracked leader, hit 8th, led 2 out, ridden and headed after last, one pace, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Lord Villez (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Mar.
Sound Accord (IRE) 40-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, reminders before 11th, weakened before 15th, tailed off, soon pulled up, in a race won by Silver By Nature (11-12) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Rapid Increase (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Horsham Lad (10-9) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Rey Nacarado (IRE) 7-4fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, led 10th, ridden approaching 2 out, headed last, no extra flat, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Snake Charmer (10-1) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Pacco (FR) 22-1 (11-6) Towards rear, some headway when mistake 12th, ridden in 9th and no chance when mistake and slightly hampered 4 out, 6th of 16, 33l behind Ammunition (11-2) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Pass Me By (10-10) in a race won by Chriseti (10-10) at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 4m 4f crs cty chs gs in Jun, 12 ran.
Tim The Chair (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Prominent, left 2nd 3rd, challenged 4 out, bad mistake 2 out, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Mar beating Beware Chalk Pit (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) In rear, jumped left 2nd, blundered 13th, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Runshan (11-2) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.