TIERMORE was very disappointing at Newton Abbot at the start of the month but Peter Bowen's former hunter chaser is fancied to bounce back in this small field getting 6lb from the returning Qaspal, who may never be able to match his past form over hurdles over the larger obstacles. Font and Amaury De Lusignan both have the ability to figure if in the mood with the former having shown the best recent form. He looks the danger to the selection.
Qaspal (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, soon in touch, weakened from 13th, 4th of 6, 13l behind Kingsmere (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Jul '12.
Tiermore (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Prominent, led approaching 5th, headed when mistake next, mistake 4 out, weakened before next, 6th of 11, 37l behind Henry San (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Font 14-1 (10-5) Held up, jumped left 9th, headway after 3 out, went 4th last, stayed on, not able to challenge, 4th of 11, 5l behind Mostly Bob (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul.
Amaury De Lusignan (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 5 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Temple Lord (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.