Dunowen Point makes a belated reappearance having previously exhibited promise as a chaser but, while he gets in off a favourable mark over hurdles, it will be no easy task to oblige for him to oblige in this race off top weight. The Thirsty Bricky had a rare off day last time so WALSER looks the one to be with on this occasion. The five-year-old makes his handicap debut having finished second to a couple of useful sorts in novice company and, though he's yet to experience this going, his breeding suggests that there is a fair chance he'll be able to cope with it. River Dragon improved during the Flat season and he wasn't too far away recently at Catterick while Green Wizard put up a career-best under positive tactics at Wetherby and Jonathan England's 7lb claim is far from a hindrance under today's testing conditions.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Led, clear 3 out, ridden when challenged after next, headed flat, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Pyracantha (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Sep '11.
The Thirsty Bricky (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders and keen, lost place 4th, soon in rear and weakened, 5th of 7, 32l behind Sam Lord (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Walser (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Well Sharp (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Mitchell's Way 15-2 (11-8) Led, headed before 2 out, no extra after last, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Markadam (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Green Wizard (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, took keen hold, led 7th, ridden and headed before last, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
River Dragon (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway 2 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Markadam (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Soft Spoken Guy (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, blundered 1st, outpaced from 6 out, 4th of 5, 36l behind Across The Bay (11-10) at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) hvy in Nov.
Sparkling Hand 16-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along and lost place before 2nd, tailed off before halfway, 9th of 10, well behind Dartford Warbler (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.