Any further rain would prove beneficial to the chances of SHAMMICK BOY and Victor Dartnall's nine-year-old is recommended. Although he has never quite achieved all that was anticipated from him, he hails from a yard that are sending out winners from their handful of summer runners, and the step up in trip should suit. Monetary Fund holds few secrets from the handicapper but he was a fair second off this mark at Market Rasen. Scotsbrook Cloud is likely to have been freshened up by a recent run on the Flat while Oscar Prairie has struggled to build upon a recent success at Towcester. Staying chaser Qulinton tries to take advantage of a significantly lower mark over hurdles.
Scotsbrook Cloud Evensfav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 11th, hit 4 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead close home, won at Hereford 3m 1f nov chs (4) gf in Sep '12 beating Stonethrower (11-7) by shd, 5 ran.
Shammick Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, hit 4th, went 2nd before 5th until next, ridden before 3 out, soon outpaced, plugging on in 4th when hit last, kept on flat, almost snatched 3rd, no impression on leading duo, 4th of 6, 7l behind Fear Glic (11-9) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Apr.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Always behind, 9th of 17, 26l behind Billy Dutton (11-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Sheriff Hutton (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) In rear, jumped slowly 6th, not fluent 12th, blundered and lost touch 13th, tailed off and pulled up before 15th, in a race won by Camden (11-3) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Apr, 6 ran.
Monetary Fund (USA) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 7, 6l behind San Telm (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Qulinton (FR) 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, lost place 4th, blundered badly 12 out and pulled up, in a race won by Sire Collonges (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gd in Dec, 13 ran.