Debt To Society's most recent form figures are misleading in the context of this contest as he's been successfully plying his trade in selling company over hurdles but he has won around here over fences and is respected in an ordinary affair. However, he may find the combination of top weight and this sharpish trip for him too much to handle and EVER SO MUCH is preferred. The latter has his first run for Ben Haslam, in much better form of late, after joining the Middleham yard from Ireland where he shaped nicely in a useful Limerick beginners' chase behind Enjoy Responsibly last month. The champion is booked and there should be plenty more to come from this unexposed five-year-old. Unknown Legend and Indepub, both winners over timber, now make their chasing debuts.
Debt To Society (IRE) 2-1fav (10-11) Made all, driven clear before last, kept on, ridden out flat, won at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gf in Jul beating Mulligan's Man (10-7) by 5l, 6 ran.
Unknown Legend (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, pushed along in mid-division after 3rd, under pressure from next, slightly impeded 5th, soon behind, pulled up before last,, in a race won by Park Ranger (11-0) at Galway 2m cond hcap hdle, 15 ran.
Sir Lynx (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, weakened before 5 out, 9th of 11, well behind Rogue Dancer (9-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Ever So Much (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Took keen hold and soon disputed lead, headed approaching 7 out, pecked next, soon moderate 2nd, jumped right 4 out and 2 out, dropped to 3rd at last where not fluent, one pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Enjoy Responsibly (11-3) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs in Jul.
Indepub 4-1 (10-0) Led, pushed along after 5th, headed before next, led again when hit 7th, headed 3 out, no extra next, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 18l behind Vasco Du Mee (11-1) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jun.
Pindar (GER) 28-1 (10-2) Towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 5th, never involved, 10th of 15, 31l behind Early Applause (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
One In A Row (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, blundered 6th, hampered and lost place 11th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Presenting Junior (11-5) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Escape To The West 66-1 (11-6) Raced in last pair, reminder after 6th, struggling 9th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Azza (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Jul, 5 ran.