Prospect Wells, a smart hurdler, wasn't that impressive when beating Awaywiththegreys by three lengths at Ffos Las and the second, who is now blinkered, could easily turn the tables on 7lb better terms. BOLD CHIEF has few miles on the clock and showed plenty of ability over timber before making a winning debut over fences at Ludlow in April. That looks decent form and he is fancied to see off Nagpur, though Venetia Williams' charge only narrowly failed to give weight to a couple of useful novices when third here last time and the second and fourth have franked the form since. Sail And Return has won here three times over hurdles and but faces a stiff task on his chasing bow.
Bold Chief (IRE) 9-4fav (10-9) Chased leading pair, pushed along before 4 out, closing when led 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 3m nov chs (3) gd in Apr beating Silver Commander (10-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Nagpur (FR) 15-8 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, led 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, chased leader until well before last, rallied on inside to challenge last, every chance flat, stayed on, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Harry Hunt (10-12) at Stratford 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in May.
Prospect Wells (FR) 10-11fav (10-12) Held up manly in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, soon challenged, led 2 out, ridden out flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (4) gd in Jun beating Awaywiththegreys (10-12) by 3l, 6 ran.
Academy General (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Led, jumped left 1st, jumped slowly 3rd, headed after 3 out, weakened from next, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Indigo Rock (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 7-4 (10-12) With leader, led 10th, went right 4 out, soon hard pressed, headed 2 out, kept on until ridden and one pace flat, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Prospect Wells (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Formedable (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, headway before 4 out, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 10, 40l behind Realta Mo Croi (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.
Sail And Return 4-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, headway after 4 out, outpaced next, weakened 2 out, 6th of 8, 21l behind Big Time Billy (11-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jun.
Well Mett (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Led, pecked slightly 6th, headed after 2 out, every chance when mistake and sprawled badly on landing last, not recover, 4th of 6, 24l behind Eleazar (11-4) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jun.