TROP FORT folded tamely on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter. But that run should have blown away a few cobwebs and, as Tim Vaughan's charge was easily the best of these over hurdles, he gets the nod ahead of Newton Abbot runner-up Lauberhorn. Lemon Drop Kid needs to brush up his jumping and Violets Boy makes his debut over the larger obstacles, though was placed over timber here last month.
Lauberhorn 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway from 9th, went 2nd before 2 out, closed on winner flat, stayed on, unable to get to winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind De Faoithesdream (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 9-4 (11-10) With leader, led 3rd, not fluent 9th, 3 lengths ahead when hampered by loose horse, stumbled and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Foreverpresenting (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf in Jul, 7 ran.
Trop Fort (FR) 11-8fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 9, 15l behind High Storm (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Jul.
Violets Boy (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, effort and every chance after 3 out, outpaced before next, weakened last, 4th of 9, 20l behind Get Home Now (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.