Strollawaynow stayed on through beaten horses to finish second to Irish Cavalier at Stratford but shapes as though a longer trip wouldn't come amiss. Macarthur was a smart useful performer on the Flat in his younger days and has been placed in four of his last five runs over hurdles. But he is now a nine-year-old and has had plenty of chances while Drumgooland showed little on his UK debut. Broadway Symphony won a Ballinrobe bumper in July but Nicky Henderson probably holds the key to this as he saddles both Nesterenko and FREE THINKING. The former has placed form in Germany but the latter was a decent sort in bumpers last season and can make a winning debut over timber.
Broadway Symphony (IRE) 9-2 (11-11) Mid-division, progress travelling well to chase leader 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Ballinrobe 2m N H flat gd in Jul beating Film Director (12-0) by 6l, 16 ran.
Drumgooland (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 4th, plugged on from 2 out, no chance, 6th of 14, 33l behind Andy Kelly (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Errol Flynn (IRE) 200-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake and reminder 4th, soon lost place, behind when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind King Rolfe (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Freckle Face 33-1 (10-13) Held up in last, took keen hold, mistakes, just about in touch 3 out, well beaten before 2 out, 8th of 11, 25l behind Titchwood (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Macarthur 7-1 (11-10) Chased leader until 2nd, stayed in touch, not fluent and beaten 2 out, driven and edged right flat, closing on 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Makari (11-13) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Nesterenko (GER) Doyen gelding out of Nordwahl.
Peak Storm 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sardanapalus (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep (flat).
Pembroke House 25-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, raced wide tracking leaders, pushed along 5f out, soon outpaced, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 6, 30l behind Prideofthecastle (11-9) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Strollawaynow (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4th, ridden and no impression before 2 out, stayed on before last, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Irish Cavalier (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) sft in Oct.
The Master Remover (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, one pace from over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 26l behind Seedling (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Torgamah Lad (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway on outside halfway, chased leaders over 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, 43l behind Dark Desire (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f cond NH flat (5) hvy in Feb.
Dune Island 66-1 (8-7) Led 1f, with leader, driven and lost place over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Toymaker (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar '12 (flat).
Free Thinking 10-1 (10-13) In touch on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 19, 32l behind Legacy Gold (11-1) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gs in Apr.
Koolala (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and pressing for 2nd from over 1f out, no impression on winner, no extra towards finish, 5th of 17, 6l behind Down Ace (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
Roxy Beat 18-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders and keen, hampered by loose horse before 5th, in 3rd before 2 out until weakened after last, 4th of 12, 44l behind Aazif (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Supreme Luxury (IRE) 11-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 5l behind King Kurt (9-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul (flat).