Don Cantillon's Joshua justified solid support in the market when landing a handicap chase at Huntingdon last month and he has every chance of following up here but the 7lb penalty for that success may prevent him from winning again and a better bet looks to be MY CONDOR, who gets the vote ahead of Trafalgar Man. Micky Hammond's gelding has been in good form of late with wins at Hexham in May and June but he has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper for those successes and may now be a shade high in the weights. Moulin De La Croix cannot be discounted for Nigel Twiston-Davies but he would need to improve on all known form to trouble the judge, while Neil Mulholland's I'm A Legend has similarly been well held in recent starts. Diane Sayer's Troodos Jet has run better in his last couple of starts and has to be considered but a better bet looks to be My Condor. Don McCain's gelding has slipped to a decent mark and, having shown improved form in recent starts the eight-year-old looks worth siding with.
Trafalgar Man (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd and 8th, no chance from 9th, last of 7, well behind Safari Adventures (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Triple Bluff 20-1 (10-11) In touch, raced keenly, mistake 4 out, weakening when not much room on bend soon after, 4th of 10, 17l behind Norborne Bandit (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Aug.
I'm A Legend 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 7th, headed 9th, under pressure next, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 32l behind Benefit Game (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Ronald Jack (FR) 8-1 (10-7) Prominent, chased leader 6th, weakened 9th, 5th of 9, well behind Sou'wester (11-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Apr '08.
Moulin de La Croix 14-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st, in touch, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 14, 42l behind Think Lucky (11-10) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Rooster's Reunion (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Jumped left 5th, soon lost touch, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Classic Role (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Colliers Court 33-1 (10-5) With leader, lost place 4th, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Wensleydale Web (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Aug.
Joshua 4-1fav (10-8) Mid-division, raced keenly, jumped big and slightly hampered 4th, not fluent next, headway 8th, challenged 2 out, led last, all out, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp 0-100 (4) gf in Aug beating Majy D'auteuil (11-7) by hd, 12 ran.
My Condor (IRE) 7-4fav (10-9) Led, steadily drew clear from 7th, ridden after 2 out, still clear last, weakened and headed flat, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Fred Bojangals (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
New Wish (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Held up, not fluent 4th, headway 9th, mistake 2 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 8, 16l behind Fred Bojangals (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Troodos Jet 4-1 (10-1) Held up, raced keenly, headway approaching 7th, led after 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened flat, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Glimmer of Light (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May.