Sound Stage hasn't won since March 2010 but nearly always gives his running. He's made the frame on all three 2013 starts and looks a solid each-way option once again. Wait No More obliged over course and distance last time and finds himself 8lb higher as a result. He's another likely to run his race and is essential shortlist material. Le Grand Chene is a possible but WHISKEY AND RED, a rare Irish raider for Colin Bowe, has been runner-up in a couple of really competitive handicap hurdles in his homeland the last twice and is equally at home over the larger obstacles. He also has a hurdling success to his name on the forecast good ground.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Soon prominent in chasing group, improved to lead straight, joined 2 out, just headed before last, kept on well run-in without quite matching winner, 2nd of 17, nk behind Sarah Battle (10-4) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-95 in May.
Sound Stage 10-1 (11-7) Chased leader until before 8th, went 2nd again 12th until before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Lough Derg Way (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Wait No More (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Made all, jumped right last 2, ridden clear flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf beating Forever My Friend (11-8) by 7l, 7 ran.
Michigan Assassin (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Prominent, led 2nd, hit 4th, headed 10th, bumped 12th, shuddering blunder 14th, pulled up before next, in a race won by On The Bridge (11-2) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Next Oasis (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Coon chasing leading trio until dropped to 5th approaching 7th, soon struggling, tailed off, 5th of 8, 30l behind Baby Mix (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (3) gf.
Font 14-1 (11-7) Always in rear, tailed off, 5th of 9, dis behind Loch Ba (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 4-1fav (11-10) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders 7th, outpaced after 4 out, lost modest 4th 2 out, weakened, 5th of 11, 29l behind Wester Ross (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 10-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, not fleunt 2nd, pushed along before 6th, lost place 4 out, well beaten after, 9th of 10, 34l behind Castlelawn (11-13) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, not fluent 3rd, jumped slowly and lost touch briefly next, ridden after 10th, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 46l behind Wiffy Chatsby (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd.
Interpleader 10-1 (11-10) Led until 3rd, led before next, clear approaching 7th until after 11th, headed 12th, mistake next, well beaten from 16th, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Lord Lescribaa (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-95 (5) gf.