VESPERAL DREAM won over hurdles here in May and followed up at Aintree last month. He's sure to have had plenty of schooling and can make a winning start over the larger obstacles at the main expense of the mare Luci Di Mezzanotte, who was quite highly tried over timber and made a promising start in chases when only beaten half-a-length by Mister Dillon at Worcester. Houndscourt is a winning pointer but has already been well beaten twice over fences under Rules and Accordion Exhibit and Netherby may need this after a lay-off.
Accordion Exhibit (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace to go 4th from last, 4th of 9, 18l behind Belle De Fontenay (10-7) at Worcester 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Jul '13.
Houndscourt (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Raced wide, pushed along and struggling after 7th, soon in rear, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Ballytober (11-11) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in May.
Netherby 10-3 (11-0) Held up, hit 6th and 7th, headway 9th, went 3rd next, plugged on, hit 2 out, 3rd of 5, 34l behind My Brother Sylvest (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcap ch (3) gd in Oct.
Vesperal Dream (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 3 out, led flat, driven out, won at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating No Substitute (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Luci Di Mezzanotte 7-1 (10-7) Sometimes led but mostly pressed winner, pushed along 4 out, edged right after 2 out, every chance towards finish, just held, 2nd of 3, 1/2l behind Mister Dillon (10-11) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gf in May.
Our Georgie Girl 66-1 (10-7) Led until 5th, chased leader until mistake 3 out, weakened quickly, 7th of 8, 17l behind Enchanting Smile (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.