This is a tricky start as Uttoxeter winner Oscars Den will have to be useful to defy his penalty over this longer trip. The soft ground will make this a stamina test so staying chaser Kind Of Easy enters the equation while Madness Light had plenty of experience of the conditions in France and was only beaten a neck at Exeter last month. STROLLAWAYNOW again gave the impression a step up in distance was required when fifth at Ludlow. An earlier second at Stratford has worked out well and David Arbuthnot's charge could be allowed to start at decent odds today. Brave Vic and The Clock Leary are best watched following lay-offs.
Oscars Den (IRE) 11-4fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, led and pecked 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon clear, went left last, eased towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Chase The Spud (11-5) by 6l, 13 ran.
Brave Vic (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, stayed on to 2nd inside ifnal furlong, kept on, never able to challenge, 2nd of 13, 7l behind No No Charlie (11-2) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in May '12.
Cadeau George 80-1 (10-12) Held up in touch on outside, losing place when slow 4 out, soon well beaten, 8th of 17, 35l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Garde Fou (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Towards rear, never a factor, no impression from 4 out, 6th of 14, 31l behind Mart Lane (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase gs in Apr.
Gladstone (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, 9th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Linkable (10-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Kind Of Easy (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place 11th, soon behind, beaten when blundered 3 out, last of 8, 44l behind Gas Line Boy (11-9) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Madness Light (FR) 5-4fav (10-12) Led 1st, remained prominent, pulled hard, led again approaching 2 out, hard pressed last, headed and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 9, nk behind Neston Grace (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Strollawaynow (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place after 6th, stayed on flat, 6th of 15, 22l behind Free Thinking (10-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
The Clock Leary (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, driven to challenge well over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 12l behind Foggy's Wall (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Upham Running (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) In touch in mid-division, headway 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 34l behind Hologram (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in May.
Camptown Lady 100-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 4th, ridden in 6th before 3 out, weakened next, mistake 2 out, mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Going Concern (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov, 16 ran.
Elixir Du Lac 100-1 (10-5) Held up on outside, not fluent 1st, headway after 4th, jumped slowly and lost place next, well beaten before 3 out, 8th of 12, 41l behind Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Solid Concrete (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Mid div, no impress from 3out, ko bhnd, 7th of 18, 44l behind Forpaddydatarmacer (12-0) at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.