Oliver Sherwood's Silver Accord won well enough at Fontwell last month and has every chance of following up despite having to race off a 9lb higher mark but he is far from certain to stay the longer trip today and a better bet looks to be PRINCE TOM. The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding is a confirmed performer over this distance and can gain a deserved success having run some decent races in defeat of late. Jonjo O'Neill's Lost Glory disappointed at Aintree recently and of more interest may be Sawpit Solitaire, who makes his reappearance for Venetia Williams having run well when last seen at Wincanton in March. Any market support for the reappearing The Hudnalls would be of interest but it is Prince Tom that gets the verdict.
Silver Accord (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Raced wide, close up, headway to lead 3 out, joined last, strongly pressed soon after, stayed on well to assert final 110 yards, well on top at finish, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct beating Lepido (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Prince Tom 7-2fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 9th, stayed on flat, 4th of 13, 7l behind Victors Serenade (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Pairc Na Gcapall (IRE) 8-1 (12-2) Led or disputed lead to 5th, tracked leader, lost place 9th, soon driven and behind, lost touch 12th, tailed off, 4th of 7, 47l behind Victory Surge (11-1) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Lost Glory (NZ) 11-1 (11-1) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 4 out, never near leaders, 7th of 17, 34l behind Corso Palladio (11-0) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Oct.
Sawpit Solitaire 12-1 (10-10) Chased winner throughout, closed 3 out, no impression next, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Lady Jinks (10-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Ready Or Not (IRE) 15-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, led after 4th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 11, 44l behind Silver Accord (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Petroupetrov (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Led until not fluent 2nd, jumped right and mistake next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Backfromthecongo (11-9) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd, 7 ran.
The Hudnalls (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear, headway under pressure approaching 3 out, stayed on flat, never reached leaders, 5th of 17, 10l behind Master Eddy (11-2) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Newyearsresolution (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Jumped right, tracked leader until 4th and again before next, weakened approaching 2 out, went 3rd after last, 3rd of 8, 31l behind Cotswold Charmer (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f cond nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway approaching 3rd, weakened approaching last, 6th of 14, 24l behind Cinderella Rose (10-2) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Witch's Hat (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Prominent, lost place 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Monsieur Cadou (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs.
Massini Moon (IRE) 11-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, ridden after 7th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 12, 22l behind Just The Job (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.