Former average Australian runner Stawell Gift makes a debut for Nick Littmoden, but the trainer has few winners over jumps and is watched on first outing. Polmar is a useful performer over fences and if transferring that ability to hurdles then he could be the one to beat. Body Gold was a useful winner of a Group 2 on the flat in Argentina when he was younger but disappointed last year after a move to Peter Makin. He has switched yards again but there are no guarantees a step-up in trip and a first go over the jumps will be beneficial. The trip and ground shouldn't be an issue for Teenage Kicks and Iceman George should be respected if building on some decent flat efforts and improving his jumping. Ben Cee Pee M won well in a bumper at Towcester in May and he has had some summer months to train over the fences so has to be respected for a first outing over jumps. SIRCOZY receives the nomination having taken well to hurdling and winning here on jumps debut. Although he is unexposed over this sort of trip we take a chance that he can win again.
Sircozy (IRE) 5-4fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure approaching 3 out, soon ridden, chased leading pair before next, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Dark Ranger (10-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Ben Cee Pee M (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led 2f out, ran on well, pushed out, won at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (5) gf in May beating Meridiem (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Body Gold (ARG) 66-1 (9-10) Keen, tracked leaders, lost place halfway, behind over 4f out, virtually pulled up final furlong, last of 10, well behind Chookie Hamilton (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov (flat).
Fen Farm 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway on outside 7f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 48l behind Poungach (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Iceman George 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, ridden when not fluent 5th, close 4th when mistake 2 out, no extra last, went 3rd soon after, 3rd of 11, 9l behind General Ting (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Keep Talking (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Behind, outpaced 3 out, stayed on under pressure from next, never near leaders, 4th of 11, 18l behind Dark Ranger (10-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Lureyno 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 7f out, weakened over 4f out, 7th of 12, 41l behind Total Submission (11-4) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Martin Scruff (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Behind, outpaced 4 out, soon beaten, 6th of 12, 39l behind Occasionally Yours (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Peintre Du Roi (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Hit 1st, always rear, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Micheal Flips (11-8) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (2) gd in Dec '08.
Polmar (FR) 8-1 (9-10) Always prominent, led 4 out, ridden clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs gd in Apr beating Hairy Molly (9-10) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
See You Jack 2-1 (11-7) in a race won by Peggy's Boy (12-0) at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Stawell Gift (AUS) (0-0) last of 8 Shutupanshuffle (8-13) at Ballarat(AUS) 1m 3f hcap in Dec '08 (flat).
Teenage Kicks (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Thyne For Deploy (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Hot Chipotle 100-1 (9-11) Always rear-division, pushed along 8f out, soon struggling, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Dusky Bob (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
The Dark Witch 100-1 (10-4) Held up, headway to lead after 2f, headed over 8f out, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Thecircleoftrust (10-8) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.