Riddleofthesands' reward for a close-up second at Huntingdon was a 4lb rise in the weights and he's only managed three places in nine attempts over fences. The top weight is taken on with OVERLAW, who returns from a long absence but will have his favoured ground and has run well fresh in the past. Maid Of Silk has also had a break but is potentially well treated on her chasing bow and makes more appeal than Topaze Collonges, who has shown very little so far either here or in his native France.
Riddleofthesands (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Led and soon clear, ridden before 2 out, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Chestnut Ben (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Maid Of Silk (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up, headway on outside 3 out, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 14l behind Seedless (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gd in Oct.
Overlaw 13-2 (11-12) Held up mid-division, on inner and in touch when mistake 4 out, weakening when blundered next, 7th of 9, 47l behind Soul Magic (10-10) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Close up early, dropped to rear after 3rd, headway 8th, ridden to chase winner 4 out until 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 33l behind Relax (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f mdn chs (5) gs.