This is easily the most competitive race on the card and plenty will be want to be with Lucky Landing after his very easy victory at Bangor. His yard is in good form but a penalty means he carries a welter burden. Surf And Turf is not an easy ride but McCoy nursed him home at Worcester 11 days ago and he will no doubt be played late again here. O'Crotaigh has won here five times but never off a mark this high and Fiftyonefiftyone has never won beyond 2m2f. Rockiteer probably needs a bit further so we'll take VIOLETS BOY to follow up a recent track and trip success. That was his first try over the larger obstacles but he jumped well and has plenty of scope for further improvement.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, led 2 out, soon clear, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Bay Central (11-4) by 7l, 5 ran.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Led until 3rd, prominent, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching 2 out, ridden clear after last, comfortably, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating French Ties (11-7) by 6l, 6 ran.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Led, clear 7th, ridden and reduced advantage on home bend, headed and no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Sergeant Pink (10-3) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) With leader, led 5th to 9th, led again 3 out, ridden after last, kept on until headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Dark Energy (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Rockiteer (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 12th, ridden after 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 11, 18l behind Mostly Bob (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul.
Violets Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) With leader, led 2nd to 4th, with leader, led again narrowly 8th, headed briefly after 4 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd beating Trop Fort (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Tregaro (FR) 11-1 (11-10) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders before 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, 6th and beaten when blundered last, weakened flaat, 8th of 11, 38l behind Roc De Guye (10-6) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.