Robin's Command beat Hotgrove Boy at Kelso in April but the latter is now 23lb better off and Rose Dobbin's charge found Morning Time half-a-length too good at Hexham last month, though is a couple of pounds better off now. Sure Thing has finished second in two of his three starts over fences but has shown his best form over longer trips. OWEN NA VIEW made a very promising chase debut at Market Rasen and can only improve. He's potentially well treated on his form over hurdles so gets a tentative vote.
Sure Thing (FR) 3-1fav (11-4) Led, headed 6th, prominent, ridden to challenge last, chased winner flat, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Hero De Villeneuve (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Owen Na View (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, hard pressed next, headed soon after last, ridden and stayed on same pace flat, no impression when lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 7, 3l behind Rum And Butter (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Morning Time (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up behind, headway 4 out, went 2nd and ridden between last 2, stayed on to challenge flat, led near finish, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun beating Robin's Command (11-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Hotgrove Boy 13-2 (11-3) Held up, closed 5th, went 3rd 7th, chased winner 4 out, not fluent next, no impression 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Robin's Command (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Robin's Command (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, led again between last 2, ridden and hard pressed flat, kept on, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Morning Time (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.