Patsy Finnegan deserves a change of luck but the fact that he is an 11-year-old and still competing in novice events speaks volumes and the top weight will probably find at least one too good again. Blackwell Synergy left previous form behind when justifying favouritism at Huntingdon but ODDJOB looks equally progressive and was always travelling well when scoring at Chepstow four weeks ago. He can follow up here as Always Bold may need softer ground and Firm Order appears to have lost his way. Countess Comet was third at Wetherby last time but more is needed here.
Patsy Finnegan 13-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, reminder after 9th, headway approaching 12th, stayed on to modest 3rd before 3 out, never any chance with unchallenged winner, 3rd of 10, 15l behind No Loose Change (11-8) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Firm Order (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leader, led narrowly 5th, ridden and headed just before 2 out, chased leaders, driven and weakened before last, 6th of 14, 10l behind Kenai Peninsula (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Humphrey Bee (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Close up, mistake 8th, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Blazing Bull (10-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Countess Comet (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, took keen hold, chased winner from 6th until 9th, ridden before last, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Kykate (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs in Apr.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 15-8fav (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 1st, mistake 8th, reminders before 9th, pushed along and headway before 13th, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, clear from last, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar beating Thorncliffer (9-10) by 6l, 8 ran.
Oddjob (IRE) 5-1fav (11-6) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders from 10th, went 2nd travelling well after 13th, led 5 out, came clear from 3 out, driven out, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr beating Caulfields Venture (11-2) by 6l, 14 ran.
Quel Ballistic 11-2 (11-0) Held up last, ridden after 9th, went 4th 11th, not quite on terms when blundered and unseated rider 14th, in a race won by Bruslini (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (4) gd in Feb '12, 5 ran.
Always Bold (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 3rd, lost place after 6th, tailed off before 3 out, 11th of 13, 31l behind Amigo (11-12) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Chadford 28-1 (11-3) Mid-division, in touch 6th, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, 5th of 9, 33l behind Haar (11-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Ballycracken (IRE) 28-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent and reminder 7th, well beaten after 5 out, mistake 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Lukey Luke (10-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 14 ran.