Donald McCain won the first running of this a year ago and Ile De Re can be given a chance despite a poor run when favourite at Ascot last time. Black Thunder was also market leader when only third at Kempton on his comeback but that will have blown the cobwebs away and he'll do better. This looks a better race than the one DOUBLE ROSS won at Cheltenham last week and a 7lb penalty has to be carried but he was very impressive when making all and galloping his rivals into the ground so a quick double looks on the cards. Rowan Tiger has been handed a massive 13lb rise for beating four rivals impressively at Fontwell which may prove too much to handle but the very progressive Lamb Or Cod hasn't been hit too hard with just 6lb extra for landing a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham last month so has to enter the equation.
Black Thunder (FR) 5-2fav (11-11) In touch, headway 3 out, ridden and every chance next, held in 3rd when blundered last, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Fox Appeal (11-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs.
Poole Master 50-1 (11-4) In touch, not fluent 1st, closed 6th, not fluent next, weakened after 10th, fell 3 out, in a race won by Lovcen (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr, 19 ran.
Double Ross (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Led 2nd, made rest, driven 4 lengths clear last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft beating Close House (11-5) by 8l, 18 ran.
Rowan Tiger 11-4 (10-10) Prominent, not fluent 4th, challenged 7th, led 3 out, clear before next, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct beating Oscar Davy (10-12) by 24l, 5 ran.
Bocciani (GER) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 4 out, bumped and headed 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Prosecco (10-0) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Bar De Ligne (FR) 8-1 (11-6) Close up and wide, led 3 out, ridden before last, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Held up in mid-division, steady headway on inside 4 out, chased leaders next, chased leader before 2 out, led approaching last, held on gamely close home, all out, won at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct beating Arthurian Legend (10-4) by nk, 13 ran.
Jet Master (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Led until fell 4th, in a race won by Kruzhlinin (11-2) at Carlisle 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy, 6 ran.
Crowning Jewel 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, outpaced in 3rd when not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Ifandbutwhynot (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Ultimate 8-1 (10-12) Prominent on outside, effort when hit 2 out (usual 4 out), lost place after last (usual 3 out), soon ridden, no impression on long flat, 4th of 6, 22l behind Idarah (10-11) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs (2) sft.
Yesyoucan (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Prominent, went 3rd after 4 out, ridden to lead before last, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Ile De Re (FR) 7-2fav (9-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out until before next, weakened before last, 8th of 15, 8l behind Raya Star (11-12) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
River Dragon (IRE) 15-2 (10-1) Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 14, 24l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.