The veteran Hever Road likes it around here but he's approaching fourteen and may just need the run. Noble Witness ran poorly at Uttoxeter last month but is better than that and should bounce back. Pairc Na Gcapall was beaten a long way when runner-up last time as was Nom de Guerre at Kempton so a chance is taken on RED ROUBLE, who was in very good form at this time a year ago and has dropped to a very lowly mark after a series of moderate efforts.
Nom de Guerre (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent and hampered 1st, not fluent 7th, headway 12th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 11, 35l behind Basoda (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Noble Witness (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led until 3rd, prominent, weakened after 14th, 6th of 9, 36l behind Pete The Feat (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Oct.
Red Rouble (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inside, disputed lead 5th, led 7th to 11th, regained lead next, headed before 13th, ridden and lost 2nd after 4 out, soon no chance with leading pair, weakened next, tailed off, 3rd of 7, well behind Ifonlyalfie (10-2) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Wherrimon 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened 9th, soon tailed off, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Venetian Lad (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Mr Valentino (IRE) 11-4 (10-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place 14th, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 5, 47l behind Present To You (10-11) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Pairc Na Gcapall (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Led, headed 8th, tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced 3 out, kept on to go 2nd flat, 2nd of 7, 18l behind That's The Deal (10-6) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Hever Road (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Jumped well, led, narrowly headed 6th until next, clear 3 out, stayed on well, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar beating Get Ready To Go (10-11) by 8l, 6 ran.
Feeling Peckish (USA) 14-1 (9-9) Raced wide, in touch, steady headway to chase leaders 11th, ridden and no impression in 5th after 4 out, 5th of 7, 26l behind Oscar Leney (10-6) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.