Most of the field have a chance of sorts in a wide-open chase. VIF ARGENT was placed in in France last time but won in this grade at Wincanton early in the year and may come out best. Falcarragh's win at Perth came in a novices' event and Ballylifen is preferred having landed a handicap at Uttoxeter under A P McCoy last time. A couple of blunders put paid to Forever My Friend's chance at Worcester but he'd won at the same track before that while Cardigan Island, Porters War and Martin Cash all step up in class having placed on their latest outings.
Falcarragh (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, led when not fluent last, edged right, driven out, won at Perth 2m nov chs (4) sft in Jun beating Midnight Game (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Vif Argent (FR) 7-1 (10-10) 3rd of 14, 12l behind Val Des Aulmes (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f 5yo chs sft in May.
Ballylifen (IRE) 11-4 (11-10) Tracked leader, challenged 9th, soon led, driven and headed just after last, led again flat, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May beating River Purple (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Forever My Friend (IRE) 9-4fav (10-9) Chased leaders, blundered 8th, soon ridden to challenge, mistake 4 out, soon no impression, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Kie (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jun.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Sedgemoor Express (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Porters War (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, bumped 1st, not fluent 6th, went 2nd before last, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Rockchasebullett (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
The Rattler Obrien (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, bumped 1st, mistake next, jumped right 3rd, not fluent next, went 2nd 11th until before 2 out, no extra approaching last, 4th of 10, 18l behind Rockchasebullett (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Academy General (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway 10th to chase leaders, went 3rd before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 13, 36l behind Best Boy Barney (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Martin Cash (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway 11th, went 2nd before 2 out until approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Rockchasebullett (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.