EMERALD GLADE picked up a penalty for beating Anton Dolin at Worcester last weekend but the second franked the form during the week and Jim Best's mare is possibly a couple of steps ahead of the handicapper at present. Mount Welcome won off a 7lb higher mark over fences at Newton Abbot last time so has to be respected while Van Diemens Land races off the same mark as when a close third at Fontwell. Flat winner Tadabeer was well backed at Worcester but again came up short while Vertueux hasn't been seen over jumps for 15 months, though was third on the level at Chepstow earlier this month.
Van Diemens Land (USA) 8-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, led before 2nd, headed 3 out, regained lead soon after, blundered next, headed between last 2, ridden and kept on same pace flat, held when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Marcus Antonius (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Vertueux (FR) 4-1 (11-6) Chased leading trio, went 3rd 4th until after 3 out, pushed along and one pace before 2 out, 4th of 7, 12l behind Den Maschine (11-13) at Sandown 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar '12.
Numen (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 9, 45l behind Ullswater (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Ghaabesh (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up, not fluent 4th, went remote 4th before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 50l behind Descaro (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gd.
Ivans Back (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) With leader, led 2nd, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 27l behind Claude Carter (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Maraased 25-1 (10-11) Held up, jumped left 4th, headway 3 out, one pace flat, 5th of 12, 8l behind Super Collider (11-6) at Worcester 2m nov clm hdl (5) gd.
Homer Run (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden after 7th, never on terms, 8th of 18, 30l behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Mount Welcome (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up, headway after 6th, challenged 8th, led on bit 3 out, ridden out, won at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf beating Tom O'Tara (10-2) by 5l, 8 ran.
Tadabeer 6-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 4th, headway 5th, ridden 3 out, one pace next, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 14, 14l behind Social Realism (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Snow Alert 33-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along before 4th, tailed off next, 7th of 10, well behind Brother Scott (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Emerald Glade (IRE) 9-4fav (10-11) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, driven to lead next, went right last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Anton Dolin (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Until The Man (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, mistake next, lost place when jumped right 6th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Kilrye (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) In touch, not fluent 2nd, pushed along 3rd, reminders 5th, mistake 6th, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, 50l behind Man Of Leisure (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.