VOLNAY DE THAIX faces a simple task as he bids to follow up his easy win at Kempton. Nicky Henderson's French import has frightened away any serious opposition and will start at very short odds. Pelmanism won over 1m1f on the Polytrack but whether he'll stay 2m is debatable. Peak Storm was also a miler on the Flat and has shown little in two hurdle runs, though did finish ahead of The Master Remover at Ludlow last time.
Volnay De Thaix (FR) 15-8fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led before 2 out, clear before last, eased towards finish, won at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Devon Drum (10-12) by 11l, 17 ran.
Peak Storm 14-1 (10-5) Behind, ridden in mid-division 3 out, plugged on from last, 7th of 16, 28l behind Going Concern (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Pelmanism 17-2 (9-2) Held up, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 4l behind Uncle Dermot (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct (flat).
The Master Remover (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, hampered 4th, modest progress after 6th, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 15, 35l behind Free Thinking (10-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.