Jacamar, Le Milos and Treasure Dillon were all due to run in the 3.30 here yesterday with the latter preferred if taking part. Demon Fou could only manage fourth at Wincanton raised 10lb for winning at the same track earlier but Colditz Castle should improve for last month’s third at Worcester. Duc De Beauchene is partnered by last year’s winning conditional and has undergone wind surgery since last in action while Lungarno Palace also has a shout dropping down in class as he reverts to hurdling. But VOODOO DOLL also faces an easier task than when finishing a decent third in the soft going at Aintree last time and he gets a speculative vote in an open contest. Irish raider Trendsetter doesn’t look particularly well handicapped but Don't Shout is less exposed having won a novice hurdle at Hereford recently and is preferred to fellow handicap newcomer Mc Alpine.
Don't Shout (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tended to jump right, led and went right 2nd, headed 4th, chased leader, in front again between last 2, soon clear, won at Hereford 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct beating Red Nika (10-12) by 6l, 9 ran.
Duc De Beauchene (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division on outer, no extra from 2 out, weakened, never a factor, 20th of 24, dist behind Musical Slave (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 5f hcp Yielding in May.
Electron Bleu (FR) 28-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, blundered 1st, not fluent 8th, headway before 12th, 4th when not fluent 2 out, disputing 3rd but no impression when blundered last, weakened flat, 6th of 8, 15 1/4l behind For Good Measure (11-5) at Warwick 3m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Valhalla (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Mid-division, in 5th when fell 5 out, at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Demon Fou (FR) 5-1 (12-0) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, chased leaders after next, never able to challenge, 4th of 17, 2 1/4l behind I'd Better Go Now (10-13) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Ozzy Thomas (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Close up, joined leader 8 to 9th, ridden and weakened after 5out, 5th of 11, 19 3/4l behind Shantou Village (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (3) gs in Aug.
Applesandpierres (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, fell 3 out, at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Volcano (FR) 2-7fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, every chance 3 out, led before next, headed approaching last, not pace of easy winner, 2nd of 9, 19l behind Win My Wings (10-9) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Mon Palois (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened before last, 9th of 15, 19 1/2l behind Mr Scrumpy (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Colditz Castle (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Towards rear, not fluent 7th, pushed along after 7th, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Larkbarrow Lad (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Voodoo Doll (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders on outside, 2nd soon after 2 out, every chance last, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Stoney Mountain (11-11) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Royal Plaza 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division, closed when not fluent 3rd, went 2nd 7th until after 11th, lost place before 4 out, 5th of 10, 33 1/4l behind Cap St Vincent (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Mc Alpine (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Towards rear, 7th after 8th, good headway to 3rd after 3 out, pushed along in 2nd before 2 out where slight mistake, soon ridden, kept on, not trouble winner, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Silver Sheen (11-12) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Trendsetter (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, closer 2 out, pushed along and 4th when jumped high at last, no extra run-in, 6th of 8, 25 1/2l behind Nibblers Charm (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 5f Good - Yielding in Sep.
Sammylou (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, some late progress, never involved, 6th of 16, 18 1/4l behind Demon Fou (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, tracked leaders on outside 7th, driven and outpaced after 3 out, ridden after next, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 16 3/4l behind Perfect Man (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Le Milos 2-1jfav (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 6th, challenged 7th, not fluent next, led 3 out, headed before last, held by winner towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Mr Muldoon (11-4) at Kelso 2m 5f (4) sft in Oct.
Treasure Dillon (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) In touch, chased leaders 2 out, ridden to chase winner before last, never on terms, kept on same pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 17, 6l behind Duke Street (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Jacamar (GER) 20-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, lost place 3 out, ridden and stayed on from 2 out, not reach leaders, 5th of 15, 6 1/4l behind Gumball (11-6) at Ascot 2m hcp lst (1) gs in Nov.
Lungarno Palace (USA) 9-1 (11-0) Held up and behind, headway 8th, ridden and chased winner after 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on under pressure towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Solomon Grey (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m (3) gs in May.