Lodgician returned to form at Cartmel last time and has a 7lb penalty to contend with. Royal Trooper was the subject of a gamble on his handicap debut at Worcester and is looking to make amends as he was narrowly beaten under McCoy. Chilbury Hill reverts to hurdling off a lower mark having landed a double over fences earlier this month and he can figure but DRAWN FREE is just preferred. He went close in better company at Newton Abbot three weeks ago and can take advantage of this drop in class.
Lodgician (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Made all, mistake 3rd, reminder before 5th, not fluent 3 out or 2 out, clear after home bend, easily, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Rare Coincidence (10-13) by 9l, 6 ran.
Illysantachristina 11-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, weakened 3 out, 7th of 11, 42l behind Queens Grove (10-4) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Drawn Free (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Wheelavit (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 5th, headed 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Brass Monkey (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 10-11fav (11-8) Towards rear, headway before 6th, challenged 2 out, led narrowly last, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 6, hd behind Maizy Missile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Nouailhas 16-1 (11-3) In rear, never a factor, 11th of 13, 47l behind Danceintothelight (11-3) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Petrocelli 33-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, well behind Man Of Leisure (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Haveumistim 20-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place before 6th, 9th of 13, 37l behind Just Cloudy (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Strandfield Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, jumped right next, some headway before 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Green Lightning (11-2) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Royal Trooper (IRE) 8-13fav (11-0) Tracked leader, wandered 3rd, led before 3 out, 5 lengths clear 2 out, went left and not fluent last, driven and pressed flat, headed close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Naledi (9-12) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Capellini 5-2fav (10-7) Chased leader, led briefly after 2nd, chased leader, led 3rg, mistake and headed next, chased leader until after 3 out, ridden in 4th until weakened before next, 7th of 11, 18l behind Hawk Gold (9-7) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Kingaroo (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, every chance when mistake 2 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake last, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Prickles (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Teals Star 50-1 (10-4) Behind, weakened from 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Foxcub (11-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.