Owen Na View has been threatening to get his head in front over fences. He went close at Perth last time and LEMON DROP RED would have been in the firing-line over 2m4f at Stratford if not for falling at the last. This shorter trip should suit and Paul Webber's charge may just edge it. French Ties has a bad habit of finding at least one too good but his placed form is still superior to the remainder and he has the beating of Dont Take Me Alive on collateral form.
Owen Na View (IRE) 15-8fav (11-10) In touch in 4th, went 3rd before 3 out, chased winner from 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Robin's Command (10-4) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 7-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, jumped right 8th, not fluent 10th or when taking 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, headed narrowly when fell last, in a race won by Buck Mulligan (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf, 7 ran.
French Ties (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, dropped to rear 7th, headway into 3rd approaching 4 out, one pace next, lost modest 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 22l behind The Nephew (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Dont Take Me Alive 7-1 (11-9) Held up, some headway 4 out, no impression, weakened next, last of 7, 42l behind Sudski Star (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Teenage Dream (IRE) Evensfav (10-10) Held up mid-division, blundered 5th, headway 4 out, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Qoubilai (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Amuse Me 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, ridden after 3 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 9, 15l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Mister Wiseman 8-1 (10-9) Led until before 3rd, chased leader, led again 8th, stayed on well, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd beating The Society Man (10-9) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.