RUM AND BUTTER was only awarded the race in the stewards' room last time and has to concede a stone to his rivals in this but he's clearly taken well to fences and may be up to the task. Scots Gaelic showed definite signs of promise at Hexham and should have learned plenty while the switch to fences could bring about further improvement in useful hurdlers Vinnie My Boy and Wake Your Dreams. Owen Na View has won between the flags but could find today's ground quicker than ideal.
Rum And Butter (IRE) 4-6fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, went 2nd next, ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, challenging when short of room and lost momentum close home, held after, finished 2nd, placed 1st, won at Stratford 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in May beating Mcllhatton (10-12) by nk, 4 ran.
Brother Mark 16-1 (11-5) In rear, slow 3rd, behind 8th, headway after last, went 3rd before home turn, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 16l behind Sposalizio (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f hts chs (6) gd in May.
Owen Na View (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Mid-division, 4th and in touch after 4 out, ridden after 3 out, one pace next, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 28l behind Merrion Square (10-13) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up, closed 5th, went 2nd before last, driven and closed flat, held by winner towards finish, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Man With Van (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs.
The Society Man (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Towards rear, mistake 3rd, outpaced 5 out, staying when hampered 3 out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Nomadic Storm (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.
Vinnie My Boy (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Keen early, tracked leaders, lost place before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Dawn Commander (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, mistake 4th, lost 2nd 4 out, ridden after last, one pace before home turn, stayed on final 150 yards, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Big Casino (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chase (4) gd in May.