Roger Beantown had Fearless Leader well behind when landing a novice chase at Worcester last month. He should go well again but GENERAL MILLER looks to have the stronger form despite not winning. Nicky Henderson's charge has failed to threaten in either start over fences but this is less competitive than the handicap he contested over track and trip last time and he has plenty of scope for improvement over the larger obstacles. My Mate Vinnie has taken well to fences and went within a head of following up his Towcester victory at Worcester last time but Tough Talkin Man looks up against it.
Roger Beantown (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 8th, led 3 out, stayed on well flat, won at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun beating Double Handful (10-12) by 5l, 11 ran.
General Miller 4-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, blundered 9th, soon ridden, driven and kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 22l behind Gullible Gordon (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
My Mate Vinnie (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 5 out, led 2 out, headed last, upsides winner when not much room inside final furlong, just held close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Basil Fawlty (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
Fearless Leader 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression in 4th before last, 4th of 11, 22l behind Roger Beantown (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Tough Talkin Man (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Valoroso (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.