QUEL BALLISTIC made a brave effort to land hat trick when runner-up at Perth last time. Peter Bowen's charge is fancied to pick up the winning thread dropping back down in class for this. Papradon had an off-day at Worcester last time having scored at Towcester before that while Lukeys Luck won't have to improve much on his latest third over 2m4f here to get involved. Michigan Assassin should have come on for a recent reappearance at Newton Abbot and is only 2lb higher than when winning at Hereford last year.
Ballyvesey (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Prominent, lost place after 7th, behind 16th (valentines), tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hello Bud (10-0) at Aintree 3m 2f Listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Balinroab (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, reminder after 10th, every chance 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 9, 38l behind Cardigan Island (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Quel Ballistic 11-8fav (10-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd 6th, chased winner 11th (water), looked held 3 out, rallied as winner tired flat but always held, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Dantes King (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.
Western King (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Prominent when hampered 1st, tracked leaders, challenged 10th until before 12th, lost place next, weakening when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by To Live (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf, 9 ran.
Double Chocolate 20-1 (10-9) Led until mistake 1st, prominent, weakened after 2 out, 7th of 11, 31l behind Mostly Bob (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf.
Lukeys Luck 7-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 6th, pecked 8th, ridden and effort before 11th, not fluent and stayed on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Forever My Friend (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Papradon 4-1 (11-6) Led to and blundered 4th, reminders before 8th, weakened from 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Surf And Turf (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 5 ran.
Michigan Assassin (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led to 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 8th of 10, 13l behind Next Oasis (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Hoare Abbey (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 10th, weakened before 5 out, 4th of 7, well behind Bendant (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Point West (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Trckd ldrs; led & pckd 2 out; hdd app last; ev ch til no ex final 100yds, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Lilac Wine (11-7) at Exmoor 3m ptp gf in Jun.