Billfromthebar carried over his winning form over hurdles to the fences at Uttoxeter last time. He won't be far away and Wolf Shield should also be thereabouts despite a 7lb rise for winning at Hexham. But HERONY also came up trumps on his latest start when beating Dreamsoftheatre six lengths at Worcester and Nicky Henderson's charge gets the nod to confirm superiority in the process of landing this. Wither Yenot has won over hurdles here and makes his debut over fences.
Billfromthebar (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Pressed leader, reminders 8th, led next, hit 10th, jumped right 2 out, joined last, hard ridden and edged slightly left flat, held on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (3) sft in May beating Hold Court (11-0) by hd, 4 ran.
Heronry (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, driven to lead approaching 2 out, ran on strongly, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf in Jun beating Dreamsoftheatre (10-12) by 6l, 10 ran.
Wolf Shield (IRE) 2-1fav (11-8) Jumped well, made all, clear on long run to last, ridden out flat, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in May beating Big Sound (10-3) by 6l, 4 ran.
Dreamsoftheatre (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 9th, driven to challenge 4 out, stayed on to go 2nd after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Heronry (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
Wither Yenot (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place from 7th, well beaten before 2 out, 6th of 8, 24l behind Cinevator (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.