Point-to-point winner Railway Dillon made an encouraging start under Rules when second in a bumper at this track. He should strip fitter today but may have to play second fiddle again to a useful prospect in MAXDELAS. Nigel Twiston-Davies' French import was runner-up to Zaliapour at Pau last February and the winner went on to land a Listed contest at Enghien earlier this year. Opera Og was a winner between the flags at Liscarroll in March, while Havingotoascoobydo has won a point-to-point and a NH Flat race at Newton Abbot in the last nine months and clearly has some ability.
Brockton Scrumpy 66-1 (10-10) Behind, struggling when mistake 10th, tailed off next, pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Adams Island (10-10) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov, 6 ran.
Coolbeg (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Raced in rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 4th of 10, 9l behind King's Grace (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nhf (5) sft in Nov.
El Diego (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, hampered 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 13, 26l behind Highland Valley (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, hampered 5th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 16, 32l behind Upthemsteps (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Held up, headway to chase leaders halfway, led over 4f out, came well clear final 2f, eased close home, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Aug beating Prairie Hero (10-13) by 14l, 7 ran.
Maxdelas (FR) (10-12) 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Zaliapour (10-5) at Pau(FR) 2m hdl hvy in Feb.
Opera Og (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 4th 1/2way & prog in 2nd 4out, disp when lft clr 2out, slowed into last, snugly at fin, won at Liscarroll 2m ire ptp sft in Mar beating An Fear Ceol (11-7) by 3l, 12 ran.
Pagan Lightning (USA) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, took keen hold, ridden after 4th, weakened well before last, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Blenheim Brook (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.
Railway Dillon (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7f out, ridden 4f out, hung left inside final furlong, unable to make an impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Poole Master (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Soccerjackpot (USA) 14-1 (10-11) Not always fluent, always well behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Saltagioo (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jun, 11 ran.
Takamaru (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened after 6th, 11th of 16, 34l behind Backspin (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd.