Flying Verse arrives in good form and is not penalised for his win in a conditionals’ chase at Stratford 10 days ago under Charlie Todd. River Of Intrigue has been pretty consistent over fences this year and Brodie Hampson takes off a handy 5lb. I See You Well and Stockburn are only six-year-olds so should have more to offer. Wilberdragon is worth a second look, as is Barbrook Star, but Keltus, thrown in on his best form, was beaten in a hunter chase on his final start last season. FORGOT TO ASK struggled with his jumping prior to wind surgery but came good at Ffos Las in May and was keeping on over 3m at the same track later – he still has time on his side.
Terry The Fish (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place 6th, struggling when swerved right on landing 10th, well behind after, 8th of 13, dist behind Luckofthedraw (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Forgot To Ask (IRE) 3-1jfav (10-9) Mid-division, headway 10th, every chance 4 out, no impression on winner when losing 2nd last, 3rd of 8, 6 1/4l behind Bally Longford (11-2) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Barbrook Star (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened after 13th, 7th of 9, dist behind Pop Rockstar (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp (3) gs in Apr.
I See You Well (FR) 6-1 (11-2) In rear but in touch, mistake 1st, headway 6 out, chased winner next, weakened 3 out, modest 4th, 4th of 5, dist behind Minella Daddy (11-3) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Keltus (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Not always fluent, last until went 2nd 15th, strong challenge 4 out, led 2 out, headed last, beaten flat, 2nd of 3, 3l behind Southfield Vic (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f (6) gd in Apr.
Bramble Brook 4-1 (11-12) Led until 5th, chased leader until 12th, outpaced after 3 out, soon well held, 4th of 6, 13l behind As You Like (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leader, led 7th, headed 9th, led again next, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Chanceiton (10-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Stockburn (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Chased winner throughout, pushed along 11th, reminders after 14th and next, left outright 2nd 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Bally Longford (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Wilberdragon 12-1 (11-7) Led, clear 2nd until before 4th, headed after 6th, led before next, headed after 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 9, 33 1/4l behind Tea Time Fred (10-11) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
River Of Intrigue (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Chased leader, hit 12th, outpaced before 15th, rallied 16th, went 2nd before 3 out, every chance before 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 6, 9 1/4l behind Lord In Red (11-9) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Flying Verse 9-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 2 out, went 2nd off last bend, led last, stayed on, clear towards finish, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Oct beating Between The Waters (11-4) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway from 5th, lost place after 8th, well beaten before 2 out, 6th of 12, 22 3/4l behind Judge Earle (11-1) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Jun.