Cornish Rebel, a former high class handicapper, is our choice to land the finale with Reflected Glory and Robbers Glen likely dangers. Cornish Rebel displayed a degree of promise on his return to action last week and a similar display would see him go close. Reflected Glory has been running conistently in point-to-points but returning to the track provides a far greater test while Robbers Glen is the young pretender who has been hitting the target again between the flags. A slight worry would be his rider's experience against such experienced and accomplished amateurs. Of the other Lord Who and Interdit are worthy of consideration but Cornish Rebel is our selection to land the finale.
Lord Who (IRE) 5-2fav (12-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, ridden and challenging when left clear 3 out, driven out, won at Perth 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd in May beating True Temper (11-4) by 25l, 12 ran.
Cornish Rebel (IRE) 7-2 (12-1) Held up in touch, chased leader after 3 out, ridden and every chance last, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Green Belt Flyer (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) sft.
Reflected Glory (IRE) 4-7fav (12-5) Went 2nd app 16; drvn app last; no imp, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Lord Of Illusion (12-5) at Weston Park 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Vital Spark 7-1 (10-3) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 7th, ridden next, outpaced 9th, 4th of 10, 21l behind Love That Benny (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Jun.
High Expectations (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, one pace from 2 out, 6th of 11, 23l behind Alpine Warrior (11-11) at Cartmel 2m 5f mdn hts chs (6) gd in May.
Interdit (FR) 5-4fav (11-0) A.p; led app last; qcknd clr flat, won at Witton Castle 3m ptp gd beating Encore Cadoudal (11-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Jacksonville (FR) 6-1 (11-0) (cp) w wnr til outpcd aft 12; nd aft 14, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Minouchka (10-7) at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gd.
Kiora Bay 9-2 (10-8) Mid-division when brought down at the 7th in race won by Benrajah (11-5) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp hts chs (3) gd in May, 11 ran.
Robbers Glen (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Held up; smooth hdwy 4 out; led 2 out; impressive, won at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp gd in Jan beating Why Connie (11-0) by 5l, 10 ran.
Sleeping Night (FR) 2-1fav (12-5) Chsd ldrs; 8l 3rd 15; kpt on one pce, 3rd of 18, 7l behind Behavingbadly (12-5) at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gd.
Uncle Neil (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up, kept on from last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 25l behind Yes Sir (11-10) at Kelso 3m 1f chs (3) gf in May.
Anshan Spirit (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Made all, soon clear, hit 13th, stayed on strongly, won at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (5) gf in May beating Novel Idea (11-11) by 18l, 6 ran.