The Luder had some decent form under Rules for Paul Nicholls and won a point-to-point at Garthorpe earlier this month. But he probably isn't as good as he once was and faces a more searching test here. Old Brigade won at Bangor last July but hasn't raced since finishing well beaten off this mark at Newton Abbot the following month and may struggle to give weight to ISLE OF INISHMORE. Tim Vaughan's charge was a comfortable winner over a similar trip at Ffos Las since finishing second over further at Fakenham and looks the one to beat today.
Old Brigade (IRE) 5-2 (11-8) Tracked winner, pushed along before 10th, challenged next, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 35l behind Massini Man (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
The Luder (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Led to 6; led 11; ro wl, won at Garthorpe 3m ptp gd beating Alflora Dora (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Jacko's Boy 2-1fav (10-6) Led, ridden before 3 out, headed before 2 out, quickly weakened and pulled up, dismounted, in a race won by Cobbler's Queen (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr, 5 ran.
Karingabay Queen 14-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Bajan Sunshine (10-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Apr, 8 ran.
Isle of Inishmore (IRE) 5-4 (11-6) Held up in touch, ridden 4out, kept on from next without troubling winner, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Sarahs Gift (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.