Four times a winner over hurdles, DREAMSOFTHEATRE looks set to break his duck over fences. He's been placed in all three starts over the larger obstacles including at this venue last month. Hollow Penny went very close on his chasing bow at Worcester and has a shout while Kitegen won at Kempton in March but has gone off the boil since. Steel Summit was tailed off when racing from out of the weights in a handicap last time but had scored at Ffos Las before that.
Dreamsoftheatre (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 9th, driven to challenge 4 out, stayed on to go 2nd after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Heronry (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
Kitegen (IRE) 5-2fav (11-8) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced from 4 out, blundered 2 out when well held in 3rd, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 37l behind Up For An Oscar (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Leader Of The Gang 3-1 (11-8) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd until 4th, chased leading pair, pushed along before 3 out, lost 3rd 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened before next, tailed off and eased, blundered last, last of 4, well behind Wolf Shield (11-8) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Hollow Penny 4-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 7th, mistake 4 out, ridden when mistake last, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind It's A Gimme (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, looked struggling 10th, headway into 3rd 3 out, went poor 2nd at the last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 23l behind Ainsi Fideles (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd.
Coronea Lilly (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, slipped slightly on bend after 13th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, last of 4, 27l behind Bob Keown (11-0) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (3) gf.
Steel Summit (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 3rd until 5th, pushed along after 6th, not fluent 7th, lost place before 10th, weakened well before 4 out, last of 5, 33l behind Skint (10-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.