Joseph Lister's second to Tony Star at Fontwell was a very decent comeback effort and he's only 3lb higher here. Phoenix Flight should strip fitter for a run on the Flat four weeks ago while Sainglend and Carlisle second Bandanaman aren't without a chance but Well Hello There, Brough Academy and Cue To Cue are all returning from a break and Nether Stream only won a seller at Huntingdon in August. THE FONZ was never travelling when pulled up at Uttoxeter in September but that wasn't his true running and an earlier defeat of Lieutenant Miller over this C&D has worked out well - he gets another chance.
Well Hello There (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Always prominent, led 3 out, strongly challenged next, headed last, rallied under pressure, kept on well, 2nd of 14, hd behind Water Garden (11-2) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Sainglend 9-4fav (11-5) In touch in rear, headway 3 out, ridden and effort between last two, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind El Dancer (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 4-7fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led approaching 5th, ridden 2 out, just held on, won at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Rowan Tiger (10-9) by ns, 8 ran.
Joseph Lister 9-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, went 2nd last, no impression, no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Tony Star (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
The Fonz 4-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place approachng 6th, well behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Red Not Blue (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Brough Academy (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Ran in snatches, took keen hold early, chased leaders until lost place after 3rd, ridden after 6th, hampered 4 out, stayed on well again flat, 4th of 8, 18l behind Oscar Davy (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Mid-division, in touch 4 out, outpaced next, weakened from 2 out, last of 11, 23l behind Palawi (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Cue To Cue 5-1 (10-7) Mid-division, not fluent and ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 11th of 14, 46l behind Tante Sissi (10-9) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gd in Mar.
Hi Tide (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, some headway on outside 3 out, no impression next, 7th of 10, 16l behind Natural High (11-6) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Nether Stream (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Settled in rear but in touch, headway before 3 out, chasing leader when mistake 2 out, ran on to lead closing stages, all out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f sell (5) gf in Aug beating Stage Acclaim (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Bandanaman (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leading pair, challenged on outside before 3 out, kept on and every chance until 2 lengths down and one pace in 3rd when left 2nd last, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Knight Valliant (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.