Few can be said to arrive in the best of form but STATE THE OBVIOUS looked in need of the run when unplaced on his recent chasing debut. He has plenty of time on his side to get to grips with his new discipline though as a 6-y-o and looks fairly weighted here. The first-time application of cheekpieces may aid his cause too and he has a definite claim if able to repeat his consistent hurdling form now tackling fences. Gone Platinum is only up 3lb for his recent success here and should be in the mix for a yard very much at their best with chasers. Great Tempo has a chance too but hasn't won for a while and Minella Gathering and On Alberts Head make greater appeal towards the foot of the weights.
Gone Platinum (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, led last, kept on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in May beating Alf 'n' Dor (10-9) by 2l, 7 ran.
Demographic (USA) 20-1 (11-9) Prominent, weakened after 5 out, 10th of 16, dist behind Fact Flow (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in May.
Great Tempo (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Behind, headway before 4 out to chase leaders, every chance 2 out, mistake last, kept on and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 10 1/4l behind Cropley (10-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in May.
Tudors Treasure 17-2 (11-10) With leader, jumped right 6th, fell 8th, at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in May.
Le Curieux (FR) 4-1jfav (11-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, challenged 3 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 9, 14 1/4l behind Cropley (10-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in May.
State The Obvious (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 7th, chased leaders 5 out, mistake next, weakening when hampered 2 out, 6th of 9, 25 1/4l behind Minella For Me (12-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in May.
Cornish Warrior (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden 6th, well beaten before 2 out, 9th of 16, 30 1/4l behind Schnabel (12-1) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in May.
On Alberts Head (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders on inside, badly hampered 4 out, no chance after, behind and pulled up before 2 out, at Taunton 3m hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Miner Distraction 6-1 (10-1) Led until 4th, weakened after 4 out, mistake 2 out, 9th of 12, dist behind Just A Feeling (10-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in May.
Welsh Designe 8-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, mistake 6th, went 2nd 12th, ridden to lead 4 out, headed before 2 out, chased winner until last, weakened run-in, 5th of 7, 13l behind Butlergrove King (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Minella Gathering (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mistake 2nd, towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Apr.