This looks quite competitive for the time of year and several have decent claims. Full Jack is very interesting as he won a Grade 3 at Auteuil in April for Marcel Rolland and will be all the better for a run over hurdles here earlier this month. Balding Banker was just caught at Hexham a couple of weeks ago while Foundry Square has been knocking on the door. Netminder won a decent handicap at Ayr in April while Show Public looks the type to do well under Rules and Scotswell did well here over hurdles. The switch to fences should suit Witness In Court but also GREEN FLAG, who developed into a very decent staying hurdler last winter. He's already won between the flags and can make a successful reappearance.
Balding Banker (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, led after 2 out, ridden when collided with challenger at last, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Rudemeister (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.
Full Jack (FR) 9-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Maggio (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (4) gd.
Imperial Vic (IRE) 85-40 (10-12) Made all, ridden 2 out, edged left flat, stayed on well, won at Perth 3m nov chs (4) gd in May beating Sivola De Sivola (10-12) by 10l, 7 ran.
Netminder (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, hit 6th, challenged 4 out, led before 3 out, clear before 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Ayr 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr beating Fentara (10-11) by 11l, 7 ran.
Show Public (FR) 4-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway 9th, led 14th, left clear 3 out, easily, won at Hexham 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd in May beating A New Rising (11-7) by 21l, 15 ran.
Big George 4-1 (12-0) Led til hdd app last; rallied up to ld cl home, won at Lauderdale 3m ptp gs in May beating Paddy The Plumber (12-0) by hd, 14 ran.
Foundry Square (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Close up, pushed along 4 out, driven to challenge 2 out, every chance approaching last, stayed on well, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Dursey Sound (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs.
Green Flag (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Orsippus (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd in Apr.
Sagliere 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Scotswell 6-1 (11-7) With leader, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 32l behind Goldan Jess (10-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Witness In Court (IRE) 5-4fav (11-6) Led, clear 1st until after 7th, ridden and rider dropped whip when headed before last, one pace and no impression flat, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Leo Luna (10-13) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.