Cootehill has won twice here over 2m4f but looks to be too high in the weights at present and finished behind Inside Dealer over track and trip last month in the race won by Imperial Circus. The latter's trainer, Philip Hobbs, saddles the consistent Jayandbee in this but he has plenty to prove in this grade. Lava Lamp won a novices' handicap here last time but is unproven over this trip while stamina could also be an issue for Kings Lodge. RYDALIS, successful over 3m here in January, was touched off by Gas Line Boy at Exeter earlier this month. That signaled a return to form for Venetia Williams' eight-year-old, who can go one better here. Raduis Bleu has gone up a further 3lb since his latest second and might struggle today.
Cootehill (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced after 5 out, no chance after, 5th of 7, 9l behind Imperial Circus (11-0) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leader until 5th(water), chased leaders driven along in modest 3rd before 4 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 12, 30l behind Standing Ovation (10-0) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Kings Lodge 8-1 (11-5) Chasing leaders on outside when hampered 4th, pushed along before 8th, remiders when hampered on bend and lost position bend after 8th, towards rear and no chance when went left 12th, 6th of 16, 42l behind Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Lava Lamp (GER) 8-1 (10-2) Waited with in rear, steady headway on inside to track leading pair before left in 2nd 4 out, closed approaching 2 out, ridden and quickened to lead final 150 yards, soon clear, won at Ludlow 2m 4f (3) gd in Oct beating De Faoithesdream (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Rydalis (FR) 15-2 (10-11) Pressed leader, led narrowly 8th, ridden 2 lengths clear when went right last, headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Gas Line Boy (11-9) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, headway after 2nd to press leader next, led 8th, headed 3 out, ridden and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Western King (11-8) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Present To You (IRE) 200-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inside, lost place 16th, soon behind, no danger after, tailed off, 8th of 16, well behind Back In Focus (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gs in Mar.
Low Gales (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Not fluent and several slow jumps in rear, well behind when fell 13th, in a race won by Grove Pride (11-3) at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) gs in Nov '12, 7 ran.
Jayandbee (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Tracked leader, led narrowly 11th until bumped and headed 15th, chased winner but ridden and no chance before 4 out, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Franklin Roosevelt (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.