Donald McCain has some good chances today and CLONDAW KAEMPFER is certainly amongst them. A winning bumper in Ireland, he made a very impressive debut over timber at Aintree last month and it will take a big performance to lower his colours. Lienosus won twice between the flags and is considered good enough to have made his debut under Rules in a Grade 2 at Chepstow where he performed with real credit. That should have brought him on and he looks the main danger though Landscape, a winner on the Flat in France, was a convincing winner on only his second start for Paul Nicholls at Exeter a couple of weeks ago. The remaining trio will need major progress to trouble the principals.
Landscape (FR) 11-8fav (10-12) Prominent, led approaching 3 out, clear before last, ridden flat, ran on well, easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft beating Billy Twyford (10-12) by 13l, 11 ran.
Clondaw Kaempfer (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Held up in 4th, closed to take 3rd 3 out, switched left after next, challenged last, soon led, scooted clear, impressive, won at Aintree 2m 4f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Oct beating Funny Star (11-1) by 6l, 4 ran.
Samstown 9-2fav (11-4) Mid-division on inside, ridden to chase leaders approaching omitted 3 out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Sixty Something (11-7) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Allied Answer 20-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 14, 14l behind The Tiger (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct (flat).
Lienosus (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, steady headway approaching 4 out, went 4th and mistake 3 out, stayed on again approaching last, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Wonderful Charm (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Oct.
Bonnie Burnett (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 13, 13l behind Gymdoli (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft.