Forever Field is getting 7lb from the two previous winners in this but he has been a little disappointing over fences so far. Newton Geronimo made an impressive start to his chase career at Towcester on his return to action. He won’t go down without a fight but BLACK CORTON was probably a better hurdler and will have gained confidence from a first victory over the larger obstacles at Fontwell. The other pair will be relying on accidents befalling the market principals.
Black Corton (FR) 2-9fav (10-12) Tracked leader, slipped on bend before 8th, closing when hit next, challenged 3 out, led next, soon clear, comfortably, won at Fontwell 2m 1f (4) gs in Jun beating Remind Me Later (10-12) by 7l, 3 ran.
Newton Geronimo 1-4fav (11-2) In rear and in touch, led 4 out, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Towcester 2m (4) gf in May beating Boston Blue (11-2) by 28l, 5 ran.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 100-1 (10-3) Held up last, brought down 6th, at Towcester 2m hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Forever Field (IRE) 4-6fav (10-12) Chased winner throughout, mistake 2nd, ridden between last 2, no response, 2 lengths down last, weakened run-in, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Midnight Shot (11-4) at Towcester 2m 6f (4) gs in May.
Valshan Time (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Soon behind, tailed off before 8th, last of 3, dist behind Bagad Bihoue (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m (3) gf in Jun.