Trendelenburg only ran at Ballinrobe on Monday evening and may find this coming too quickly. Bescot Springs, on the other hand, returns from a lengthy absence. Carrietau is better over shorter trips but Tasheba stays well and has been showing up well in novice company. He can reverse Hereford running with Stonethrower on much better terms and is preferred to Blazin White Face, who tries 3m for the first time. NODFORMS VIOLET ran Calusa Caldera to a neck over 2m7f at Worcester four weeks ago and has been much improved lately. He can race off the same mark here and can go one better, though Sun Tzu could figure if he's been refreshed by a short break.
Stonethrower (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Led, pressed 3 out, ridden before last, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 5, shd behind Scotsbrook Cloud (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f nov chs (4) gf.
Trendelenburg (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) In rear, slight mistake 5 out, ridden 3 out, 4th before next, kept on one paced to go 3rd run-in, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Rivage D'Or (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f chs sft.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 10-11fav (11-4) Made most, jumped slowly and headed briefly 8th, headed before 13th, rallied 2 out, outpaced in clear 2nd between last 2, no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 4, 32l behind Edge Of Town (10-11) at Hexham 2m 7f Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Dec.
Sun Tzu (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 8, 21l behind Sotovik (10-10) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jul.
Nodforms Violet (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistakes 1st and 6th, hit 10th, chased winner approaching 4 out, stayed on flat, just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Calusa Caldera (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.
Tasheba 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged 3 out, ridden before last, no extra, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Scotsbrook Cloud (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f nov chs (4) gf.
Carrietau 20-1 (11-7) Led, clear 4th, ridden when headed soon after 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 20l behind Rebel Dancer (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Blazin White Face (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2 out, led run in, driven out, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Jul beating Le Grand Chene (10-3) by 1l, 7 ran.
More Equity 10-1 (10-7) Led, headed before 5 out, not fluent 4 out when weakening, last of 8, well behind Lamboro Lad (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.
Oscar Glory (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Waited with towards rear, improved from before 3 out, soon chasing leaders, moderate 3rd after last (normal 2 out), kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Clicksnmortar (11-7) at Wexford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gf in Jul.