A terrific renewal of this Listed chase which has attracted some notable entries. Those near the head of the handicap have had a good record in recent years and top weight Weird Al competed at the highest level last season. Problema Tic won at Perth three weeks ago while McCoy has chosen Lost Glory, winner of three of his last four starts, ahead of Galaxy Rock and dour stayer Storm Survivor and Daryl Jacob rides the returning Prince Tom rather than novice Deireadh Re. PINEAU DE RE has joined Richard Newland since winning the Ulster National at Downpatrick in April but that is hardly a negative and Philip Fenton's former inmate will stay every yard of this trip and handle the good ground. He can make a winning start for new connections. The step up in distance could be a problem for Stratford second Pure Faith but Monkerty Tunkerty should give a good account, though Tony Martin's Victrix Gale looks a bigger threat on her latest second at Perth and Danimix is one to follow over the coming months.
Weird Al (IRE) 66-1 (11-8) Mid-division on outside, blundered 23rd (foinavon), soon behind, pulled up before 24th, in a race won by Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gs in Apr, 40 ran.
Lost Glory (NZ) 7-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway 10th, went 2nd after 5 out, led 3 out, ridden and joined run-in, rallied to get upper hand near finish, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in May beating De Boitron (10-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Problema Tic (FR) 15-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 11th (water), led approaching 3 out, pressed last, driven and stayed on well to assert flat, won at Perth 3m hcp chs (2) gf beating Buck Mulligan (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Pineau De Re (FR) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 4th 5 out, ridden to lead 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr beating Shabra Charity (10-2) by 23l, 15 ran.
Prince Tom 9-2 (11-7) Held up and behind, steady headway 13th, chased leaders before 3 out, staying on in 2 lengths dispute of 2nd when brought down last, in a race won by Violin Davis (11-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Apr, 9 ran.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Held up, not always fluent, went 4th 13th, went 3rd before 3 out, no impression on front pair, fell 2 out, in a race won by Forgotten Gold (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov chs (3) gd in Apr, 5 ran.
Pure Faith (IRE) 9-2fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 7th, outpaced 4 out, not fluent 3 out, stayed on when mistake last, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind The Disengager (11-6) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf.
Helpston 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 7th, mistake 8th, ridden before 4 out, weakened 3 out, mistake 2 out, 8th of 10, 44l behind Sail And Return (10-10) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Galaxy Rock (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, chasing leader when bumped 13th, clear with leader next, led 16th, ridden and headed before 3 out, chased winner until weakened approaching 3 out, 13th of 19, well behind Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden and hung right after 3 out, pushed along before 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd towards finish, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 11, 20l behind Sail And Return (11-7) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Monkerty Tunkerty 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, hampered 2nd, went 2nd before 15th until next, chased leading pair until ridden before 2 out, soon no extra in 4th, 4th of 13, 23l behind Pigeon Island (10-8) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Danimix (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, mistake 12th, headway 13th, mistake 15th, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 14, 13l behind Lexicon Lad (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Deireadh Re (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden and every chance last, led run-in, kept on, driven out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f beg chase (4) gs in May beating Silver Commander (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Jumped left, led 2nd, clear with rival approaching 14th, headed 16th, chased leader until 18th, weakened 20th, 14th of 19, well behind Quentin Collonges (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 6 out until 4 out, weakened from next, 3rd of 10, well behind Tornado Bob (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Mostly Bob (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up, well behind after 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Posh Bird (10-0) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in May, 13 ran.
Victrix Gale (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway 19th, went 2nd after 2 out, every chance last, ridden and kept on flat, held near finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Flying Award (11-1) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, outpaced 3 out, ridden next, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Big Time Billy (11-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd.