More form to go on than the first division but not all of it quality; narrow preference is for BOLODENKA ahead of the first-time-blinkered Skylancer and Santo Stefano. Richard Fahey's six-time flat winner has only had the one start over timber when he took a tumble at Aintree. That was a better race than this and he was still going well when falling so assuming that his confidence is intact he should win. Empty Sky represents a stable in good form and he ran well last time, Percutant was brought down on his recent hurdling debut, whilst King In Waiting has kept better company in the past but he looks nothing out of the ordinary. Skylancer and Santo Stefano were both well-fancied when last seen and each needs respect here, with the latter holding some decent bumper form when trained in Ireland last year. He didn¿t impress on two subsequent runs for the yard but will be better now tackling an obstacle. A competitive heat, with Bolodenka most fancied.
All Out For Seven (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) In touch, weakened 3f out, 12th of 19, well behind Crackerjack Lad (11-4) at Wetherby 2m nhf (6) gs in Feb.
Billy Dane (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced wide, held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 6l behind Multakka (9-6) at Great Leighs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct (Flat).
Bolodenka (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tendency to jump right, mid-division, headway after 6th, close 4th when fell 3 out in race won by Sendani (10-12) at Aintree 2m nov hdl (4) gd in May, 10 ran.
Cassius (IRE) 250-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened after 2 out, 9th of 13, 37l behind Ignotus (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Mar.
Chief Scout 33-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 3 out, hampered last, kept on to chase winner flat, no impression, 2nd of 16, 12l behind Akarem (10-12) at Kelso 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Dechiper (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Always behind, 11th of 16, well behind Waterloo Road (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Empty Sky 25-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, chasing leaders when hampered 3 out, no impression from next, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Heezazari (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nh mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
King In Waiting (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, effort between last 2, no extra flat, 5th of 15, 15l behind Nodform William (11-8) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Lukey Luke 12-1 (10-11) Towards rear, steady headway 7f out, weakened 4f out, 8th of 10, 32l behind Blinded Bythelight (10-7) at Towcester 2m nhf (5) sft in Dec.
Percutant (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Held up when brought down at the 2nd in race won by Fredo (10-12) at Haydock 2m nov hdl (4) gf, 16 ran.
Royal Flynn 10-1 (11-6) In touch, chased leaders approaching 3 out, every chance when blundered 2 out, not recover, 5th of 12, 12l behind Carrietau (10-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.
Santo Stefano (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) In touch, chased winner over 4f out, effort 2f out, ridden and no impression approaching final furlong, 2nd of 9, 13l behind Bentons Choice (10-7) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) hvy in Mar.
Skylancer 5-4fav (11-7) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, 5th before 2 out, soon no impression under pressure and kept on same pace, 4th of 18, 7l behind First Symphony (10-11) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gs in Sept.
Solid Silver 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, every chance 2 out until no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Bold Punt (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Apr.
Solis (GER) 16-1 (8-11) Behind, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 10l behind Bourse (8-4) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) sft (Flat).
Wednesdays Boy (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 12, 5l behind Brandane (9-1) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy (Flat).