RED JADE beat a higher rated rival to land a similar claimer to this at Worcester in August. He'll take all the beating with a similar effort. Westlin' Winds had been in decent form before a poor effort over fences last time and should be thereabouts while Xenophon will have improved for a recent comeback though he has plenty to find on today's terms. Perfect Reward is rated much higher over fences but showed nothing in a couple of starts over timber last month and Crystal Rock also arrives out of sorts although he has the past form to figure if back to his best.
Marino Prince (FR) 50-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, struggling and lost touch 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Sporting Boy (11-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs, 15 ran.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 3rd, no impression 12th, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Valmari (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f beg chs (4) gs in Oct.
Crystal Rock (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outside, pushed along after 3rd, headway to get in behind leaders 5th, pushed along disputing 7th when went left and hit 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sporting Boy (11-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs, 15 ran.
Perfect Reward 33-1 (11-2) Led until 1st, prominent, led after 6th, headed 3 out, no extra last, 8th of 13, 26l behind Sporting Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Red Jade 9-4 (11-10) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, carried right 2nd, went 2nd after 4th, led 2 out, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gd in Aug beating Trendelenburg (11-4) by 3l, 8 ran.
Xenophon 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, mistake 3rd, hit 4 out, gradually weakened, moderate 4th, 4th of 12, 35l behind Oscar Hill (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m clm hdl (5) sft.