Rouge Et Blanc can race off the same mark as when second at Ascot on Saturday but this is a slightly better race. Elenika has struggled a little since winning at Huntingdon last month and may be a few pounds too high but Rody should improve for his second at Hereford, though CHARACTER ACTOR is probably more interesting. The Irish raider has run well in all three starts this season and is fancied to go one better than at Gowran last time as he is suited by heavy ground. Nobunaga and Mon Chevalier have both had a break and may need this.
Nobunaga 16-1 (11-2) Raced in 4th and off the pace, pushed along 9th, ridden before 11th, driven after 3 out, weakened next, blundered last, 6th of 10, 14l behind Shoegazer (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) sft in Sep.
Elenika (FR) 9-4 (11-6) Raced keenly, led, headed after 4th, led again before 3 out until 3 out, lost 2nd next, rallied to press for 2nd again close home, no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Marshal Zhukov (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Character Actor (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, some headway in 7th 3 out, 5th approaching last and kept on run-in to go 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Rody (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 8th, every chance last, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Drumshambo (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Mon Chevalier (IRE) 22-1 (11-5) Mid-division, struggling 9th, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th flat, never on terms, 4th of 10, 17l behind Lucy's Legend (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 11-2 (10-3) In touch, challenging after 3 out, every chance next, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Eastlake (11-10) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.