Southwell runner-up Montoya's Son and REGAL D'ESTRUVAL have both travelled a fair way to tackle this and the latter can come out on top having got taken off his feet by Australia Day at Taunton earlier this month. The longer trip here is in his favour and Richard Newland has him on a decent mark now. Irish raider Twentypoundluck is still a maiden under Rules but shouldn't be far away again while Riskier came back to form at Newcastle last month and is a former course and distance winner. So are Fred Bojangals and Strobe, though both still look a shade high in the weights, while Sparkling Tara has rather lost his way.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 12th, led approaching 3 out, headed last, unable to quicken, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Kings Grey (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Regal D'estruval (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, reminders before 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 6, 23l behind Australia Day (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th, led 9th, headed after next, no impression on winner bypassing omitted last, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Ballybriggan (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Twentypoundluck (IRE) 5-2fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, headed 9th, ridden before 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Sleep In First (11-4) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
The Panama Kid (IRE) 17-2 (11-10) Chased leading pair, pushed along and one pace approaching 4 out, no impression, lost 3rd at the last, 4th of 9, 40l behind Galway Jack (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Riskier 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leading pair, challenged after 5 out, led narrowly next, pushed clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Apr beating Civil Unrest (10-2) by 7l, 5 ran.
Sparkling Tara 6-1 (11-12) With leaders, pecked and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Badgers Retreat (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 6 ran.
Strobe 14-1 (10-11) Led to 2nd, tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 11th, last of 8, well behind Tahiti Pearl (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Attycran (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, joined leader from 7th, ridden and every chance before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Rudigreen (10-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.