Catawollow should confirm last week's Fakenham running with stablemate Pobs Trophy but faces slightly better opposition here. Aperitif won in the grade at Worcester in August but hasn't been seen since, while Goat Castle was a big disappointment when favourite at Stratford last time following a second over this C&D earlier. Barliffey needs to step up on his fourth at Carlisle to land this but a case can certainly be made for CUSTODIAN. He ran his best race over hurdles on fast ground at Clonmel last month and a repeat of that effort would probably suffice here.
Classical Mist 15-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, not fluent, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Loch Dhu (9-11) at Aintree 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Space Telescope (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 3rd, lost place 5th, well behind approaching 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Tayarat (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Custodian (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Mid-division, closer in 5h 3 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced, 5th of 16, 11l behind Ta Blazes (10-7) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Aperitif 17-2 (11-7) Soon led, hard driven after 3 out, not fluent next, strongly challenged last, held on gamely, won at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Aug beating The Fox's Decree (11-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Summer Swing (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Mid-division on inside, headway 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 13, 37l behind Lough Derg Way (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Ebony Diamond (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 4th, headway on outside approaching 3 out, weakened well before 2 out, last of 8, 37l behind Rampant Ronnie (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Goat Castle (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Mid-division on inside, not fluent 2nd, headway 5th, 4th and beaten before 2 out, weakened flat, 6th of 16, 10l behind Clu Agus Cail (10-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in Aug.
Barliffey (IRE) 5-2fav (10-1) In rear, hampered 4th, blundered 3 out, headway before 2 out, every chance and hit last, no extra, 4th of 11, 10l behind Pete (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Hurlingham 13-2 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, soon ridden, weakened froom last, 7th of 11, 23l behind Endeavor (10-1) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Bernix 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 13, 29l behind King Zeal (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Amazing Star (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Prominent, weakened before 3 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by King Zeal (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs, 13 ran.
Pobs Trophy 7-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, chased leader 5th, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Catawollow (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Secret Desert 8-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear and keen, headway after 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on from last, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Andorn (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Drumlang (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 2 out, 5th of 7, 36l behind Autumm Spirit (11-12) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Catawollow 7-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, closed after 5th, tracked leaders 3 out, led last, comfortably, won at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Pobs Trophy (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.