Big Sound has been second on all four chase starts and only a neck separated him from Calusa Star when the pair were second and third here recently. They reoppose on identical terms and choosing between the pair is tough. Strumble Head and Green Bank both have ability but do need to improve on respective recent efforts whilst Handsome Dan is going to find life much harder off 114 chasing the three-timer. SILVER MAN was still travelling well when unseating Sam Twiston-Davies at Cartmel a week ago and is given another chance. A useful and consistent point-to-pointer, he should have his eye in now over regulation fences and receives the vote in an interesting heat.
Handsome Dan (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, led before last, edged left flat, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Dais Return (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Strumble Head (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, led, headed after 4 out, mistake and weakened next, 7th of 11, 33l behind Ladfromhighworth (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Green Bank (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Jumped left, prominent, mistake 9th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 11, 26l behind Ladfromhighworth (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Silver Man 7-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, hit 1st, saddle slipped and unseated rider after 14th, in a race won by Ballybough Gorta (11-4) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf, 7 ran.
Pyjama Game (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 4th before 6th, lost place 12th and reminders, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Harris Hawk (10-13) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May, 7 ran.
Big Sound 7-2 (11-12) Prominent, ridden before 4 out, kept on from last, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Rogue Dancer (9-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Calusa Star 8-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, went 2nd from 3 out, ridden before last, kep ton and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Best Boy Barney (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
That's The Deal (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Led to 6 out, ridden before 4 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind River Purple (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.