Upton Mead was always struggling when only fifth at Plumpton on Sunday while Inner Steel keeps finding one too good and has been raised another 2lb since his latest run, also at Plumpton. PRINCELY HERO is a regular around the southern tracks and won over hurdles, again at Plumpton, last month off a 3lb higher mark. Clearly, he's going to take all the beating if transferring that form back to chasing. Morestead and Lajidaal are both a little quirky but capable in this grade on their day and much preferred to the disappointing Owner Occupier.
Morestead (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) In touch, ridden and outpaced before 4 out, kept on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 7, 17l behind Fiftyonefiftyone (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Inner Steel (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Held up in last pair, mistake 12th, headway to chase leaders approaching 14th, went 3rd before 4 out, chased leader next, ridden and dropped to 3rd before 2 out, rallied to 2nd at the last, one pace flat, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Ballyvoneen (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Upton Mead (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) In rear, not fluent and pushed along 6th, struggling in 7th after 10th, tailed off, 5th of 8, 27l behind Brody Bleu (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Lajidaal (USA) 5-1 (10-5) In touch, pushed along before 13th, driven into 4th 4 out, no chance with leading trio next, 4th of 9, 19l behind Franklin Roosevelt (11-8) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Princely Hero (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Reluctant to jump off, headway to chase leader 2nd, led before 7th, headed 4 out, chased leader, rallied on inside to lead again before 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, driven out, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr beating Chosen Dream (11-6) by 9l, 11 ran.
Francis Du Mesnil (FR) 40-1 (10-2) Held up, not fluent 5th, mistake next, headway after 11th, lost place 14th, no impression and jumped left after, 5th of 8, 41l behind Handsome Buddy (9-9) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Owner Occupier 9-2 (10-13) Early reminders, with leaders, led 5th, headed 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 8, 14l behind Peak Seasons (9-4) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Curragh Dancer (FR) 20-1 (10-1) Ridden to lead, headed 2nd, chased leader until 6th, stayed chasing leaders until ridden and weakened rapidly 9th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Jamesson (10-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) gd in Apr, 8 ran.