Barrison opened his account over fences at the first time of asking when winning at Wincanton. He's been raised 8lb for this handicap while Jaja De Jau was less impressive when fourth at Worcester on his chasing bow. Carobello unseated last time having won at Fakenham before that and The Absent Mare will need to step up on last month's third over track and trip to figure. It's tempting to overlook FIFTYONEFIFTYONE at first glance but he's been competing in better company and has tumbled 15lb down the weights this year. He may well return to form in this and gets the vote.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Led, headed before 11th, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 20l behind Got Attitude (11-3) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.
Barrison 7-2fav (10-0) Tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd travelling well 9th, led before 3 out, clear before next, stayed on strongly, won at Wincanton 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May beating Martin Cash (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Jaja De Jau 6-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden before 3 out, headway to chase leader next, led before last, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Bajan Blu (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Carobello (IRE) 7-2fav (9-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Hopeand (11-7) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Danby's Legend 9-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, challenged 7th, not fluent next, led 9th, headed when mistake 3 out, no extra when mistake next, 4th of 11, 20l behind Sedgemoor Express (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Zazamix (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, blundered and reminders 8th, no chance after, tailed off, last of 5, 43l behind Have You Had Yours (10-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in May.
The Absent Mare 14-1 (9-5) Made most, hard pressed 3 out, headed next, kept on approaching last, no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Red Rosso (9-11) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.