Laura Hurley is double-handed and Orang Outan and Moscow Mule can both get involved. They are preferred in that order as the former should improve for the step up to two and a half miles but the latter is not guaranteed to do so after getting caught late on last time over the minimum trip. ARROW BARROW, one of two course and distance winners on show, looked on the upgrade when staying on stoutly to score here last time. Two and a half miles on good ground appear optimum conditions and an 8lb rise for that success is acceptable. He can follow up with Ginger's Lad, the other course and distance winner, afforded place claims off his current mark.
Kayfton Pete 5-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside when not fluent 6th, lost place 8th, not fluent 4 out or 3 out, well held next, 6th of 7, 18l behind Crack At Dawn (10-3) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Shake The Barley (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, jumped left 6th, not fluent 13th, lost place when mistake 16th, remote 4th when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Financial Climate (10-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in May, 7 ran.
Reg's Ruby 13-2 (10-8) Tracked leading pair, went right 7th and dropped to rear before next, soon lost touch, continued to jump right, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Tatispout (11-10) at Southwell 2m Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gd in Nov, 4 ran.
Orang Outan (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Led until 4th, stayed handy, ridden 7th, outpaced before 2 out, rallied last, every chance flat, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Crack At Dawn (10-3) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Arrow Barrow (IRE) Evensfav (10-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 9th, mistake 11th, closed on clear leader 3 out, led last, stayed on well flat, ridden out (no time taken), won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May beating Flichity (9-13) by 5l, 6 ran.
Reasonable Force 9-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, mistake and reminder 8th, struggling next, lost touch from 4 out, well beaten when hit 2 out, 6th of 7, 28l behind Apache Dawn (10-0) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Moscow Mule 11-4 (10-8) Chased leaders, mistake 3rd, went 2nd after 4 out, led approaching 2 out, edged left before last, jumped right and not fluent at fence, edged left flat, headed towards finish, stayed on, 2nd of 7, shd behind Crack At Dawn (10-3) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Ginger's Lad 5-1 (10-8) Chased winner until after 6th, chased leading pair, stayed on same pace under pressure before last, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Sendiym (10-0) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Roc De Guye (FR) 6-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 4 out, went 3rd approaching 2 out, ridden and stayed on flat, not reach front pair, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Morestead (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.