Having shown promise in decent company last season, ROSE OF THE MOON finally got off the mark at Uttoxeter last month when getting the better of previous winner American Spin. David Pipe's grey had plenty in hand that day and should be capable of defying his penalty in this. Ely Brown is seeking a confidence-booster after a shocking effort over fences here last time and Ballycarney is also back over the smaller obstacles, though didn't run badly in a chase at Ascot last month. Opera North won a Carlisle bumper on his racecourse debut but struggled thereafter and may need the run this afternoon so Taikoo, a stayer on the Flat, is more interesting.
Ely Brown (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, pushed along 10th, in 3rd and mistake and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Beneficial Reform (11-7) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Nov, 4 ran.
Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 4-6fav (10-7) In touch, driven to chase leading pair after 4 out, stayed on under pressure to lead last, ridden out flat, won at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating American Spin (11-5) by 2l, 14 ran.
Ballycarney (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, outpaced from 6 out, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 11, 10l behind Prophete De Guye (10-10) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Opera North 14-1 (11-5) In touch in mid-division, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, not able to reach leaders, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Find A Key (10-7) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr.
Taikoo 9-1 (9-11) Led after 2f, clear 12f out, ridden 3f out, pressed from 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind All My Heart (9-3) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct (flat).
Truckers Princess (IRE) 100-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, pulled up before 4th, sadlle slipped, in a race won by Owen Glendower (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov, 5 ran.
Patricias Pride 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, 12th of 14, well behind Rose Of The Moon (10-7) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Pericoloso (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent, headway 9th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 13, well behind Tour Des Champs (10-13) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.