Polished Rock alternates between hurdles and fences but has won three of his four starts this year so is clearly in good form, though has been hit with an 11lb hike in the ratings. Scooby was successful at Fontwell in May when last seen and the handicapper has given a chance to Our Reward. Brown Bear would also have a chance on his best form but Arthur's Reuben has been absent since pulled up when favourite at Southwell in the spring. MAMOO is the only course winner in the line-up but ran a shocker last time at Huntingdon. However, Bryony Frost keeps faith with Neil King’s charge who has the visor back on today.
Scooby (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Tended to jump right, made most, ridden after 2 out, hit last, kept on under pressure flat, just held on, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in May beating Don Lami (11-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Polished Rock (IRE) 15-8fav (11-11) Chased leaders, jumped left throughout, led before 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Oct beating Cernunnos (11-12) by 8l, 11 ran.
Max Liebermann (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Slowly away and reminders, tracked leaders, pushed along 5th, ridden next, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 7, dist behind Canyon City (11-8) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Brown Bear (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up, behind from 4th, reminders 8th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Our Reward (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Led, blundered 5th, ridden and hard pressed when blundered and bumped rival 2 out, soon headed, no extra before last, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 8, 10l behind Hepijeu (11-0) at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Mamoo 5-1 (11-7) Disputed lead to after 2nd, chased leaders, lost place 8th, ridden after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, dist behind Hepijeu (11-11) at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Arthur's Reuben 13-8fav (11-3) In touch, ridden 4 out, weakened next, pulled up 2 out, at Southwell 3m hcp (5) gd in May.