Hills Of Aran showed himself to be no back number with a recent success over hurdles but Keith Goldsworthy's veteran may just be vulnerable to younger legs and LOST GLORY has plenty to like about him. A winner at Uttoxeter on a softer surface, he won a couple of staying events over hurdles and fences last season, and he still looks to be progressive at this stage. Charming Lad bombed out badly at Ffos Las and Charlie Mann has elected to dispense with the tongue strap from the Fontwell winner. A switch to Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard has worked the oracle for Stormhoek though he does have a bit to find in order to be competitive at this level. Templer has dropped significantly in the weights and Richard Johnson should know all about him having been aboard on four of his previous victories.
Hills Of Aran 7-2fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, ridden after 4 out, no impression, 4th of 10, 16l behind Royal Riviera (10-2) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Jun.
Lost Glory (NZ) 5-2fav (11-12) Made all, stayed on well before last, pushed out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jun beating Bureaucrat (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Templer (IRE) 50-1 (12-0) Chased clear leading pair, weakened 14th, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Salsify (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in Jun.
Charming Lad (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Noble Commander (10-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jun, 7 ran.
Ethiopia 10-1 (11-11) Led until approaching 4 out, weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 27l behind Harouet (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jun.
Stormhoek (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Made all, jumped slowly and reminders 3rd, not fluent 2 out, soon driven, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy beating Olympian (11-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Princely Hero (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Pressed leader, led briefly 2nd, mistake 5th, lost 2nd 7th, weakened next, left poor 4th before 2 out, 4th of 9, 38l behind Azulada Bay (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Tracke leader, led 3rd, headed 8th, chased leaders, weakened 3 out, 6th of 11, 32l behind Carabinier (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.