This does not look to be the strongest of races and Ravenscar gets the vote to follow up his recent Worcester success at the main expense of Gerrard and Camdenation. The last mentioned sprung a surprise at Towcester in a beginners' chase last time and has to be respected on that evidence but his earlier form suggests that he may struggle in this company. Muttley Maguire has shown promise in all three starts but the handicapper has done Brendan Powell's gelding few favours and of more interest may be Robert Alner's Grandee Line, who has a nice racing weight. Bell Lane Lad must be considered a doubtful runner having made a belted return at Hereford yesterday and a bigger threat is likely to come from Gerrard. The seven-year-old showed improved form behind Meggie's Lad at Bangor last month and a reproduction of that effort would see him go close. The vote though goes to Ravenscar, who may have more to do off an 8lb higher mark than when scoring at Worcester but this looks to be a weaker contest and the softer surface will probably help.
Hot Produxion (USA) 11-2 In touch, ridden and weakened from 4 out, 6th of 11, 20l behind Major Euro at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (D) gd.
Muttley Maguire (IRE) 20-1 Held up, headway 7th, ridden after 4 out, left 3rd 2 out but soon beaten, 3rd of 7, 27l behind Bubble Boy at Fontwell 2m 6f beg chs (D) sft in Jan.
Ravenscar 11-4fav Held up mid-division and keen, headway 7th, took closer order 10th, chased leader 2 out, led after last, ran on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (F) gf beating Backscratcher by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Kavi (IRE) 12-1 Held up towards rear, headway 7th, ridden next, weakened, 7th of 14, 20l behind Thrashing at N Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (E) gf in Jun.
Bell Lane Lad (IRE) 5-1jt-fav Close up, chased winner before 2 out, stayed on well, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Master Trix at Ascot 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (D) gd in Dec '03.
Camdenation (IRE) 28-1 Held up, headway 11th, led last, driven out, won at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (E) gs beating Dramatic Quest by 2l, 9 ran.
Grandee Line 40-1 Held up towards rear, headway 11th, one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 11, 6l behind The Extra Man at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (E) gs.
Gerrard (IRE) 15-8fav Prominent, lost place approaching 7th, hit 10th, rallied approaching last, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Meggie's Lad at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (E) gd in Mar.