This looks wide-open as are a number of these look nicely treated if returning to form. CARLITO BRIGANTE has his first start for Karen McLintock but could benefit from a change of scenery. He'll handle conditions better than most so we'll take the top weight to come out on top as there is only 10lb between the seven-year-old and recent Hexham winner Rossini's Dancer. Saved By John hasn't raced since falling at Cheltenham in March but went close on his reappearance last season and sees out this trip better than Falcon Island. Gansey will need some help from the handicapper but Kruzhlinin still has time on his side and Howard's Legacy is better than he showed in the spring.
Carlito Brigante (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, no extra approaching 2 out, 14th of 20, well behind Call Me Bubbles (10-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Gansey (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Held up, headway approaching 9th, weakened before 4 out, 7th of 8, 36l behind Bocciani (10-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Apr.
Kruzhlinin (GER) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place after 2nd and ran in snatches, headway from 4 out, 4th and no impression on leaders when jumped left last, 4th of 14, 10l behind Lexicon Lad (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Falcon Island 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened after 4 out, last of 8, 40l behind Tindaro (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Saved By John (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, fell 11th, in a race won by Rajdhani Express (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) sft in Mar, 20 ran.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 2-1 (11-10) Held up in 5th, pecked 2nd, headway to 3rd and blundered 7th, mistake and pushed along before 9th, struggling when blundered 12th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Buck's Bond (10-9) at Fontwell 3m 2f nov chs (4) sft in Apr, 6 ran.
Rossini's Dancer 12-1 (11-5) Soon pressing leader, led before 4th, clear last, stayed on well, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Allanard (11-6) by 8l, 7 ran.