Fontwell winner Midnight Lira failed to cope with a rise in the weights and step up in class last time. She's not easily dismissed back at this level and makes more appeal than Landenstown Star as the latter has to compete off a much higher mark back over fences. Rozolenn was still in contention when falling at Fontwell on his latest start and is preferred to Flugzeug, who also fell in the same race. MILOSAM will need to step up on his recent win over course and distance but there's every chance he will having only his third start over the larger obstacles - Philip Hobbs' charge gets the vote.
Brandon Thomas (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Mid-division, not fluent 6th, ridden and lost place next, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Bobby Dove (9-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Midnight Lira 15-2 (10-9) Prominent, jumped left 6th, every chance 4 out, 4th and beaten 2 out, 4th of 8, 9l behind Last Shot (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway 6th, went 2nd after 8th, not fluent 3 out, 10 lengths off leader before 2 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Proud Times (11-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Rozolenn (FR) 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 8th, led before 10th, fell 3 out, in a race won by Waltzing Tornado (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 6 ran.
Gingers Reflection 50-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost place 3rd, behind from 7th, blundered badly 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Valdez (11-1) at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) gs.
Flugzeug 8-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, fell 7th, in a race won by Waltzing Tornado (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 6 ran.
Milosam (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders, led 6th, headed and pecked 8th, chased leaders, led again 11th, pushed along before 3 out, strongly pressed towards finish, held on gamely, all out, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Pod (10-8) by shd, 8 ran.