Midnight Oscar was well backed on his chasing bow at Wincanton but never looked happy and unseated his rider at the fifth. CINEVATOR went on to finish second in that race and races off the same mark. The top weight seems to have taken well to fences and could defy top weight as Annacotty and Present View are other recent beaten favourites while Off The Ground, Super Villain and Billy Dutton all lack a recent run. Badgers Cove was disappointing last season but looks nicely treated on his reappearance and could have each-way claims.
Cinevator (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Led until 2nd, chased leaders, left 2nd at 11th, pushed along and every chance 3 out, ridden chasing winner from next, driven one pace and held before last, 2nd of 16, 5l behind Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Annacotty (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Mistakes, tracked leader, hit 1st, mistake 3rd and lost place, never travelled or jumped with any fluency in rear after, lost touch 7th, continued tailed off, 5th of 6, 17l behind Red Riverman (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f (3) gs in Oct.
Midnight Oscar (IRE) 5-1fav (11-3) Behind, went left 3rd, went badly left and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
Off The Ground (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Towards rear, not fluent 4th, behind 8th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Buck Magic (11-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Super Villan 20-1 (10-6) Led until 6th, ridden 8th, lost place before 4 out, tailed off, 21st of 22, well behind Trackmate (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Billy Dutton 14-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway before 5 out,challenged 3 out, led 2 out, kept on well, went badly left last 50 yards, won at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Apr beating Fourovakind (11-9) by 1l, 12 ran.
Duke Of Monmouth (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Prominent, lost place approaching 5th, behind 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Fourovakind (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar, 13 ran.
Present View 2-1fav (10-12) Mid-division, closed after 2nd, challenged after 3 out until before last, one pace and no impression on front pair, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Via Sundown (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, driven in 4th after 3 out, chasing leading pair when mistake next, lost 3rd well before last, weakened before last, 6th of 15, 12l behind Forresters Folly (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Badgers Cove (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Led 2nd until 4th, led 7th, not fluent 16th, headed 20th, led when not fluent 4 out, headed before next, lost place before 2 out, no impression when bumped and hampered last, 8th of 15, 11l behind Top Dancer (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.