Salut Honore steps up in trip off an 11lb higher mark having won here earlier in the month. Top weight THE MUSICAL GUY is preferred as he'd gone close at this track before taking on much better company at Aintree last time and looks capable of scoring off his current mark. Bishophill Jack won over track and trip in May but failed to complete on his reappearance at Newcastle but Badgers Cove made the frame over these fences early in the year and is 8lb lower today while Present To You is another with past form to figure if back to his best.
The Musical Guy (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Jumped right, tracked winner, lost 2nd 14th, no impression when hit 4 out, weakened before next, bad mistake last, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Gullible Gordon (10-13) at Aintree 3m 1f cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) gs in Jun.
Present To You (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, lost place before 6th, ridden after 14th, well beaten after 18th, 7th of 9, 23l behind Jayandbee (10-0) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.
Musical Wedge 50-1 (11-5) In touch, lost place 4 out, 8th of 13, well behind Lookout Mountain (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Badgers Cove (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Led, headed 6th, with leader, mistake 10th, weakened from 4 out, unseated rider last, in a race won by Annacotty (11-4) at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs, 10 ran.
High Ron 4-1 (11-10) Ran in snatches, in touch, hit 10th and soon last, lost touch before 13th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Balinroab (11-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, lost place 8th, soon tailed off in rear, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Settledoutofcourt (10-11) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd, 6 ran.
Mallusk (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leading pair, driven and outpaced after 10th, went poor 4th last, 4th of 7, 17l behind Forest Walker (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Salut Honore (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, headway before 9th, challenged 4 out, led before 2 out, clear last, eased towards finish, won at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs beating Ballyvoneen (11-6) by 12l, 12 ran.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 11-4fav (11-6) Held up in touch, ridden 5 out, weakend 3 out, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Time Do (11-6) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Miss Saffron 16-1 (10-10) Held up in rear on inside, headway 14th, soon ridden and beaten, mistake 3 out, stayed on from next to take 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 7, 25l behind Night Alliance (11-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.