KRISTALLO tended to run in snatches when well backed over 2m4f at Uttoxeter earlier this month. As that was only his second start over the larger obstacles, he may still be open to a little improvement and this big step up in trip is certainly in favour. Peter Bowen's six-year-old gets the nod ahead of Aghill, though Lawney Hill's stayed wasn't beaten far when favourite off this mark over 3m6f at Cartmel last time. Breaking Silence may have too much weight but Tucumcari didn't fare too badly when third at Fontwell last time and has place claims again.
Breaking Silence (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Held up in 4th, dropped to rear and reminder 7th, mistake next, went 3rd before 11th, chased winner under pressure after 4 out to next, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 3rd of 5, 48l behind Ballagio (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Aghill (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Disputed 3rd, left 2nd when hampered 16th, led 4 out, ridden after last, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Itzacliche (9-12) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Aug.
Kristallo (GER) 11-4fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5th, mistake 9th and ridden 9th, mistake and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, 48l behind Horseshoe Reef (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Call At Midnight 9-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 7th, close up on inside when hampered 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 5th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Haldibari (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Or Sing About (FR) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leading trio, driven along before 14th, chased winner normal 4 out, driven to challenge bypassing ommited 3 out, no extra before last, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Quazy De Joie (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f 5yo nov hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Justabout 8-1 (11-1) Prominent, mistake 8th, soon struggling, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Tiger Line (10-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Tucumcari (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led narrowly, went on 4 out, joined again next, ridden 2 out, headed last, no extra flat, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Orion Star (11-3) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (4) gf.
Mac Halen (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden after 8th, behind 13th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Knight Woodsman (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Von Galen (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Prominent, blundered badly 1st, stopped to a virtual stand still by rider just clinging on, rider hops off and is evectively unseated rider some way after fence, in a race won by I'm The Decider (11-10) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Aug, 9 ran.