Church Field has won his last four but the handicapper may have his measure now and McCoy prefers Rum And Butter, on a hat-trick after easily beating Get Home Now over 2m3f here 10 days ago. He's been raised 18lb since, however, which looks harsh as the rejuvenated Sheriff Hutton has only gone up 9lb for his latest victory over 3m3f on the course. Decoy may be capable of reversing Cartmel running with Church Field on 5lb better terms but stablemate MY BROTHER SYLVEST is also interesting. He won off a higher mark over fences last month and stays this longer trip so gets the nod. David Pipe also runs the potentially well-treated Street Entertainer while Uttoxeter winner High Storm and course specialist Kylenoe Fairy are others to consider but classy chaser Gauvain may need this.
Gauvain (GER) 8-1 (11-5) Behind, jumped slowly 2nd, soon struggling in rear, lost touch 5th, unseated rider next, in a race won by For Non Stop (10-11) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Rum And Butter (IRE) 11-8fav (10-8) Tracked leader, challenged 4 out, not fluent next, led going well before 2 out, drew clear between last 2, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Aug beating Get Home Now (10-7) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
American Trilogy (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Towards rear, bumped 8th, some headway approaching 2, no impression when mistake last, 15th of 24, 29l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Sheriff Hutton (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, challenged after 3 out, led before next, clear last, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Aug beating Benbane Head (10-8) by 2l, 14 ran.
Decoy (FR) 10-3fav (10-9) Held up in mid-division, progress into 6th 3 out, stayed on final 150 yards, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Church Field (10-4) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Jul.
Kangaroo Court (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Held up towards rear and keen, mistake 7th, headway before 3 out, soon went 3rd, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Corkage (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar '12.
Get Home Now 7-2 (10-7) Tracked leading pair, effort after 3 out, went 2nd and ridden before next, kept on in clear 2nd between last 2, no impression with winner, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Rum And Butter (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Aug.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, headway before 2 out, quickly weakened, fell last, in a race won by Sea Lord (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Jul, 14 ran.
My Brother Sylvest 7-1 (10-8) Made all, jumped right, ridden 3 out, stayed on flat, won at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs (2) gd in Aug beating Wester Ross (10-1) by 2l, 7 ran.
Church Field (IRE) 7-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 10th going well, challenged 2 out, ridden flat, led towards finish, won at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Jul beating Taigan (11-1) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
High Storm (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, kept on well run-in, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Jul beating Gud Day (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Kylenoe Fairy (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, jumped right 2nd, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on, never nearer, 4th of 11, 12l behind Henry San (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Teak (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden before last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Goldan Jess (10-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.