Easier conditions are a slight concern but VON GALEN won so easily over a longer trip here last month that a 12lb rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent a follow-up as most of his rivals arrive either out of form or after a break. Endofdiscusion was only beaten a neck over 2m4f here in April and may have a bit of scope while Wincanton third Glenwood Prince is eased in grade. Ballyvoneen showed a bit more when fourth at Southwell last month but Bravo Riquet and Salut Honore may just need this.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 14-1 (10-1) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, outpaced before next, soon well held, 7th of 17, 36l behind Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, led before 2nd, headed 4th, led again 9th, wandered under pressure run-in, soon headed, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind No No Bingo (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Glenwood Prince (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) With winner until 3rd, stayed 2nd, mistake 6th, lost 2nd 11th, slightly hampered 15th, stumbled 4 out, one pace and no impression before 3 out, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Standing Ovation (11-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Henry Hurst (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway approaching 3 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Royal Peak (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Ballyvoneen (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th, led before 15th, blundered and headed 4 out, chased leader, ridden and rallied before 3 out where mistake, well held when lost 2nd 2 out, weakened, 4th of 10, 9l behind Inandover (10-3) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Salut Honore (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Led, hit last, soon headed and beaten, 4th of 6, 36l behind Glen Countess (11-1) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Autumm Spirit 12-1 (11-6) With leaders until 3rd, stayed 3rd, several slow jumps and gradullay lost ground on front pair, weakened 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Riddlestown (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Top Benefit (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Prominent early, chased leaders, lost place before 10th, closed from 12th, hanging right after 4 out, beaten before 2 out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 10, 5l behind Mr Bachster (9-13) at Ludlow 2m 4f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Ifonlyalfie 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, reminders before 5 out, weakened before 4 out, last of 8, 45l behind Bennys Well (9-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Von Galen (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, challenged before 2 out, soon led and clear, easily, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct beating Rifleman (10-7) by 15l, 11 ran.
Overton Lad 16-1 (10-5) With leader, led 11th, pushed along before 14th, headed 3 out, weakened from next, 6th of 11, 48l behind Von Galen (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Dramatic Victory (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) In rear, mistake 2nd, hung left and lost touch before 7th, tailed off 12th, pulled up after, in a race won by Thanks For Coming (10-12) at Towcester 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd in May, 7 ran.
Cash In Hand (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Mid-division, behind from 6th, well tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Shalamiyr (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.