Shan Blue and Citrus Mark both appear to be on an upward curve but the latter still has a bit to learn about jumping fences while the former only beat RUN ALONG BOY by half-a-length at Southwell in June and Neil Mulholland's charge is 13lb better off now. He was taking on stiffer opposition at Stratford last time and deserves another chance to open his account over the larger obstacles. O'Callaghan Strand is starting to come down the weights again and should be winning soon while Jacks Grey, Ladyvie and Roses Legend could also figure. Winning hurdler On The Bridge has struggled over fences so far however.
Shan Blue (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Bumped 1st, mid-division, headway 9th, led 2 out, clear when jumped left last, stayed on, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Aug beating Earl Grez (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 3-1fav (11-7) Held up, ridden 3 out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 26l behind Rebel Dancer (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Run Along Boy 11-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, ridden after 10th, soon weakened, 6th of 7, well behind Premier Dane (11-4) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Jacks Grey 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, joined leader 12th, led 3 out, headed between last 2, no extra, 4th of 5, 6l behind Tasheba (12-0) at Bangor 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Ladyvie (FR) 7-2fav (11-4) Prominent, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Likearollingstone (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Citrus Mark Evensfav (11-6) Tracked leading pair, mistake 4th, went 2nd at 8th, led and went left 2 out, ridden out flat, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Shropshirelass (10-3) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Roses Legend 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 6th until after 8th, went 2nd again 9th until 12th, chased leaders, led 2 out, joined when slight stumble last, headed and not quicken flat, 2nd of 6, nk behind Strumble Head (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Aug.
Filippo Lippi (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, challenged 10th, kept on same pace from 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Jolly Boys Outing (9-10) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar '11.
On The Bridge (IRE) Evensfav (11-8) Chased leader until 3 out, regained 2nd before 2 out, switched right after 2 out, stayed on flat, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Call Me Sir (10-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Douglas 4-1 (11-8) Led, not fluent 1st, headed next, prominent, not fluent 10th, weakening when mistake 3 out, 8th of 12, 44l behind Amazing Valour (9-12) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.