Cape Express bolted up at Aintree last week but is 11lb higher here and no certainty to confirm that form with fourth Nampour. Paintball is gradually easing towards a decent mark, however, while Monte Cavallo and Changing The Guard have already shown good form this season. War Singer beat inferior rivals at Kelso with his head in his chest and Claret Cloak will be one to watch this winter, along with Raya Star. But ILE DE RE gets in here off only 10st and Henry Brooke's claim takes off a further 3lb. Winner of the Chester Cup and Northumberland Plate on the Flat this year, the grey will have needed his run at Ascot two weeks ago and reappears over timber off what may prove a very lenient mark considering his improvement on the level - he has to be the one to beat.
Starluck (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Mid-division, dropped towards rear 4th, headway under pressure when not much room on inside after 2 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 12th of 26, 14l behind Alderwood (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Raya Star (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, led run-in, ran on well, won at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr beating Local Hero (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Fiendish Flame (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led until not fluent 1st, led after 4th, headed 6th, not fluent 8th, weakening when mistake 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Zitenka (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in May, 15 ran.
Cape Express (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) In touch, headway 4 out, switched outside to challenge next, led narrowly between last 2, driven clear flat, ran on well, won at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct beating The Tiddly Tadpole (10-6) by 8l, 14 ran.
Paintball (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pecked 3rd, mistake and ridden 7th, soon weakened, mistake 3 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Rowan Tiger (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct.
It's A Gimme (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Held up mid-division on inner, headway before 6 out, challenging and every chance when hit 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 21, 20l behind Attaglance (11-12) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 2-1fav (10-12) Prominent, mistake 1st, not fluent 4th, led 3 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Smalib Monterg (10-2) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Sep.
Ted Spread 10-1 (10-11) Mid-division, some headway when not much room 2 out, soon outpaced, never on terms, 18th of 26, 18l behind Alderwood (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Claret Cloak (IRE) 5-6fav (11-6) Mid-division, not fluent 4th or 5th, headway to take 3rd 3 out, closing when hit last, driven out, won at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating North Cape (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Changing The Guard 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led brielfy, hit last, stayed on, no impression on winner final 150 yards, 2nd of 22, 4l behind Dark Lover (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 11-4fav (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway after 3 out on inner, no extra before last, 5th of 16, 9l behind Local Hero (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Jul.
Nampour (FR) 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, hard pressed next, driven and headed between last 2, no extra, 4th of 14, 12l behind Cape Express (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
War Singer (USA) 2-1fav (11-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, challenged on outside after next, led last, ridden out flat, won at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct beating Grand Diamond (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Ile De Re (FR) 8-1 (10-3) Prominent, every chance before 2 out, soon weakened, 11th of 24, 17l behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs in Mar.
Delphi Mountain (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Led, headed before 2nd and chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd after 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Lastoftheleaders (11-3) at Galway 2m hcp hdl in Oct.