Adrenalin Flight, a winner twice at Worcester this summer, may be worth opposing on this much easier surface but Connectivity should find this easier than the Cheltenham race in which he was pulled up 12 days ago. He'd beaten What An Oscar at Worcester earlier, though the latter is 8lb better off now. Who Owns Me won three times over hurdles last season and could be a factor if a lack of experience doesn't catch him out but FINANCIAL CLIMATE came good at Wincanton in May and should have more to offer this term. Oliver Sherwood's six-year-old gets the nod as Midnight Prayer is another making his debut over the larger obstacles today.
Connectivity (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) In touch until mistake 12th, behind 14th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Balthazar King (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd, 16 ran.
Midnight Prayer 6-1fav (11-0) Held up in rear, mistake 8th, headway approaching 3 out, stayed on, never nearer, 6th of 22, 12l behind Trackmate (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Who Owns Me (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 12, 17l behind Regal Presence (9-11) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Hayjack 2-1fav (11-1) Towards rear, badly hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Bally Legend (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 10 ran.
Financial Climate (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Held up in touch towards rear, not fluent 11th, headway next, not fluent 16th, led 4 out, stayed on, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in May beating Palace Jester (11-8) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
What An Oscar (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Led until 1st, tracked leader until after 9th, outpaced 14th, weakened before 4 out, mistake 3 out, 3rd of 4, 43l behind Sivola De Sivola (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m (3) gs.
Toby Lerone (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up, always in rear, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr, 17 ran.
Castle Conflict (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3rd, ridden before 3 out, 3rd and weakening 2 out, soon appeared to go wrong, virtualy pulled up flat, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Kilmacowen (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '12.
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 15-2 (11-2) Held up, not fluent 4th, closed 7th, challenged flat, soon led, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug beating Full Of Joy (11-10) by nk, 7 ran.
Fearless Leader 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after 9th until weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 32l behind Dorset Naga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.