LADY MYFANWY had The General Lee back in fourth and Island Life even further behind when third in this race 12 months ago. None of these are getting any younger but Myfanwy Miles' mare has every chance of confirming that form with her old rivals at the weights and she has more class than Classic Swain. Cool Friend and Tyup Pompey were both better over shorter trips under Rules but this is an easy course and neither can be ignored.
Island Life (IRE) 9-1 (12-1) Led until 2nd, jumped slowly 8th, 3rd and reminder next, jumped slowly and last from next, lost touch 13th, tailed off, last of 4, 49l behind Bold Addition (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft.
Tyup Pompey (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) In touch, ridden and lost place after 3rd, never back on terms, 5th of 12, 28l behind The Grey One (10-3) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
The General Lee (IRE) 5-4 (11-0) Led to 4; led 8; stayed on wl, won at Burton 3m ptp gs beating Impact Zone (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Cool Friend (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) A bhnd; to & pu 3 out, in a race won by Roulez Cool (12-0) at Brocklesby Park 3m ptp gs, 9 ran.
Classic Swain (USA) 22-1 (11-0) Hdwy 6; led 13-15; wknd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 24l behind Quedillac (11-0) at Combined Services 3m ptp gs.
No Reception (IRE) 200-1 (11-7) Towards rear, well beaten 12th, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Martys Mission (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft.
Stealing Moments (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Led til hdd aft 2; drpd rr 11, 5th of 6, 19l behind For Sahkey Moony (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Lady Myfanwy 7-1 (10-7) Chsd ldrs to 14, 5th of 15, 22l behind Promising Anshan (11-0) at Point-to-Point Owners & Riders 3m ptp gs in Dec.