CASTLELAWN trounced Pumboo by 10 lengths over course and distance 11 days ago under a positive ride from Peter Buchanan. Honest And True was back in fourth and looks held and Lucinda Russell's charge can follow up off a 10lb higher mark as he's only a six-year-old and open to further improvement. Faster ground is a worry for Uttoxeter winner Le Grand Chene while Wetherby hurdles winner Bunratty was pulled up on his only previous try over fences. Ginger's Lad is edging closer to ending a long losing run but failed to complete on his last visit here in 2011 when Frith was successful, though the placings were reversed at Sedgefield last month.
Castlelawn (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Made all, clear before last, kept on well, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating Pumboo (11-0) by 10l, 9 ran.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leading pair after 3rd, challenged on inside 4 out, led next, 6 lengths clear last, comfortably, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in May beating Mad Professor (9-9) by 3l, 6 ran.
Bunratty (IRE) 11-4fav (11-1) Led from 1st, headed 4 out, soon outpaced, ridden before last, kep ton to lead run-in, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May beating Shaker Style (10-9) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Fast Exit (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Towards rear, very slow jump 3rd, moderate 8th 6 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 49l behind Luna Runner (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase gf.
The Paddy Premium (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led til hdd & outpcd app 3 out, 3rd of 5, 18l behind Narciso (11-0) at Border 3m ptp sft in May.
Pumboo (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, chased winner 2 out, one pace and no impression before last, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Castlelawn (11-3) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Ancient Times (USA) 7-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, weakened 4 out, 8th of 12, 24l behind Bunratty (11-1) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May.
Ginger's Lad 15-2 (10-8) Chased leaders, lost 3rd approaching 4 out, outpaced before next, rallied to chase winner last, stayed on under pressure flat, always just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Orang Outan (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Escardo (GER) 10-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, hit 5th, left 4th 7th, mistake 8th, went 3rd next until 4 out, soon outpaced in 4th, 4th of 7, 25l behind Darnborough (10-12) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Frith (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, plugged on on extended run-in, never involved, 6th of 9, 17l behind Sendiym (10-0) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Honest And True (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Towards rear, went poor 4th towards finish, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 23l behind Castlelawn (11-3) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.