Blue Hills is in terrific form and has won four of his last five starts over the larger obstacles. He's been raised another 9lb since his latest victory at Newton Abbot, however, and his winning run may come to an end here. Preference is for MOLKO JACK, who often flatters to deceive but is a massive 28lb better off with the top weight than when beaten 10 lengths at Southwell in April and will appreciate recent rain more than most. Riddleofthesands has the ability to win a race of this nature but needs to brush up his jumping and The Grey One may be too high in the weights at present. Mad Professor won at Worcester last time but that was an even weaker contest.
Blue Hills 7-4fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led 7th, ridden clear 2 out, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Tuskar (10-3) by 9l, 4 ran.
Riddleofthesands (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Pulled hard, led until 3 out, ridden before next, stayed on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Overlaw (11-5) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Thistimesforgood (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, 35l behind Lend A Hand Son (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase gf.
Beherayn 4-1 (11-5) In rear and keen, ridden and in 4th before 4 out, one pace when blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 49l behind Bushwacker (11-7) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) fm in May '11.
Maizy Missile (IRE) 7-4 (10-13) Tracked leaders, chased winner 5th, plugged on, no chance, 2nd of 4, 25l behind Onefourfun (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Tyup Pompey (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) In rear, jumped left, ridden and struggling from 5th, plodded on, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Forty Five (11-12) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf.
Molko Jack (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, ridden after next, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 9, 39l behind Jolly Roger (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May.
My Condor (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 5th, blundered 8th, rider lost iron briefly, soon lost place, weakened approaching 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mad Professor (9-9) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd, 7 ran.
The Grey One (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway when mistake 7th, weakened after last, 4th of 12, 13l behind Millers Reef (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Gainsborough's Art (IRE) 18-1 (9-13) In touch, weakened 4 out, 5th of 8, 21l behind Blue Hills (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Mad Professor (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Held up, headway 7th, went 2nd 3 out, led approaching last, comfortably, won at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Dr Anubis (11-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Western Pride 33-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, reminder after 4th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 8, 33l behind Tallulah Mai (11-9) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Rince Donn (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) In rear, hampered 4th, soon well behind, pulled up before last, in a race won by Millers Reef (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf, 12 ran.