CHEROKEE STAR clearly doesn't mind some give in the ground and made all at Uttoxeter earlier this month. He was raised 5lb for that success but that's not excessive and Dai Williams' charge can follow up here. Stop The Show won over hurdles at Towcester last month off today's mark and has won twice over fences while Heezagrey wasn't beaten far off a higher mark over C&D 10 days ago and should go close again. Papradon returns from a break, however, and struggles to get his head in front while Monty's Revenge appears to have two ways of running and would prefer a sounder surface. The others have a bit to prove at present.
Monty's Revenge (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, hit 3rd and 5th, lost place 6th, weakened approaching 8th, mistake next, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Whistling Senator (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Midnight Gold 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, lost touch before 10th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Morning Moment (11-5) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Rannoch Moor 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, reminders after 6th, struggling in rear before 10th, pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Sonic Anthem (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May, 11 ran.
Rio Alto (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up in last trio, steady headway approaching 7th, soon chasing leaders, no extra after 3 out, modest 5th when hit next, stayed on from last, went modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 26l behind Kings Story (9-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in May.
Cherokee Star 9-1 (10-3) Made all, bumped 1st, ridden before 2 out, not fluent last, driven out run-in, finished tired, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Silent Snow (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Papradon 15-2 (11-6) Led, not fluent 7th, ridden after 2 out, headed flat, edged right when held close home, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Cecily Parsley (10-2) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Simply Strong (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up, reminders after 10th, pulled up approaching 14th, in a race won by Tin Pot Man (10-13) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May, 10 ran.
Iris's Flyer 4-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 8, 37l behind Go Amwell (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Stop The Show (IRE) 13-2 (10-10) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, went 2nd after 3 out, challenged going well 2 out, soon led, ridden clear flat, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May beating Keeverfield (11-3) by 6l, 13 ran.
Ahwaak (USA) 28-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, hit 3rd, lost 2nd 5th, hit 11th, not fluent and weakened 12th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Prime Edition (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in May, 9 ran.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up, jumped slowly 4th, headway approaching 8th, ridden after next, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 8, 29l behind Sieglinde (10-0) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Heezagrey (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, ridden 9th, remote 7th and driven after 12th, stayed on approaching last, ran on flat, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Bennys Well (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Quayside Court (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Prominent, reminders after 6th and 8th, hit 10th, no impression 4 out, mistake 2 out, rallied last, stayed on, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Bennys Well (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.