Foundry Square landed a good competitive handicap last time but this return to timber comes on the back of 15 successive runs over fences, whilst Sheriff Hutton is respected for the in-form Martin Hill despite having assumed veteran status. Empire Levant is respected, as is recent course winner Weather Babe, now asked to operate off a career-high mark of 126. FULL THROTTLE has been brought along quite beautifully by Jonjo O'Neill to date, landing a maiden then novice hurdle the last twice, both in facile fashion. He faces his toughest assignment to date but looks very progressive off an acceptable mark for this handicap bow under Tony McCoy.
Empire Levant (USA) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, left 2nd at 3rd, led after last (over 6f out), pushed along and headed over 2f out, kept on and always well held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Whisky Yankee (11-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Jun.
Cloudy Spirit 20-1 (11-11) In touch on outside, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Land Of Vic (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcap hdle (3) hvy in Feb.
Foundry Square (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Chased leaders on inside, bumped slightly 5th, led before last, ridden clear flat, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Buck Mulligan (11-6) by 9l, 7 ran.
Weather Babe 11-8fav (11-12) Made all, clear from before 3 out, ridden run-in, kept on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf beating Gracchus (10-7) by 7l, 4 ran.
Sheriff Hutton (IRE) 9-2fav (10-10) Chased leading pair until after 4 out, kept on same pace in 4th, 4th of 14, 9l behind Prince Tom (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Full Throttle (IRE) 10-11fav (11-5) With leader, led 2nd, headed before 7th, soon led again, headed 4 out, led 3 out, hung left from next, soon clear, stayed on, won at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gf beating Man Of Steel (10-2) by 7l, 9 ran.
Fade To Grey (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Held up, headway on outside before 8th, went 2nd briefly before 3 out, no extra from last, 5th of 9, 12l behind Princely Player (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Top Smart 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, reminders after 9th, weakened after 13th, no chance when blundered 16th, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Prince Tom (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.