AERIAL, a four times winner over fences including in Grade 3 company, was second in a Grade 2 hurdle at Cheltenham a year ago. Though disappointing on his reappearance, there will be no excuses today if he fails to open his account over the larger obstacles. Demographic should improve on his sixth at Uttoxeter but whether the extra yardage will suit is anybody's guess. Power Of God did win over 3m between the flags and then showed promise in bumpers. He may be the one to cash in if the selection flops again.
Aerial (FR) 11-2 (10-12) Held up, not fluent and slipped 6th, closed 9th, outpaced before 3 out, soon well beaten, 7th of 10, well behind Kings Palace (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Demographic (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression from next, 6th of 15, 21l behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd in Oct.
Miles of Sunshine 20-1 (11-0) Behind, lost touch 4th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Great Link (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd.
Power Of God (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Chased leader, outpaced over 4f out, rallied to modest 3rd over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Gallic Warrior (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Lady Oaksey 200-1 (10-10) Led until 4th, lost place before 6th, 10th of 12, well behind Joanne One (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.