BIG SOCIETY looks the one to beat in this. Despite racing freely, Tom George's bumper winner was only worn down close home by the experienced Desert Joe on his hurdling debut over this trip at Chepstow and should have more to offer. Cheat The Cheater steps up an extra half-mile after his third at Chepstow but, being out of a Strong Gale mare, should stay and makes more appeal than the penalised Grouse Lodge, who dropped away tamely at Kelso earlier this month after rattling up a four-timer in a point-to-point, a bumper and a couple of hurdle races at Sedgefield and over 2m5f here. Safferano has won between the flags but the others are easy to dismiss.
Grouse Lodge (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Made most to 8th, 3rd and ridden after 3 out, no impression with leading pair before next, lost 3rd after last, 4th of 13, 29l behind Maggio (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs.
Big Society (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, challenged 4 out, led before next, ridden before last, headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Desert Joe (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mostly chased leader until lost 2nd briefly before 4 out, soon 2nd again until after 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Shotgun Paddy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Giles Dream (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 4 out struggling when bumped and pushed left next, 9th of 15, well behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Safferano (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Alw pr, ld 3out, row, won at Bennettsbridge 3m ire ptp gs in Feb beating Missing The Babe (12-0) by 5l, 11 ran.
Midnight Belle 50-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st and 2nd, not fluent and lost place 4th, reminders after next, weakened approaching 7th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Coronea Lilly (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.