Plenty with claims in this but Night Alliance has a tough task raised 8lb and upped in class after scoring at Ffos Las. Goring One is another who needs more having dead-heated for first at Wincanton and There's No Panic may be best watched for now after a poor effort here on his comeback. Both Wiesentraum and Annacotty arrive on the back of wins at Fakenham and Kempton respectively and have decent claims as they attempt to follow-up, but another chance goes to BALLYPATRICK. He unseated close home at Huntingdon on his reappearance having been hampered but had looked a progressive chaser last season and much better is expected today.
Mahogany Blaze (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Behind, struggling when blundered 10th, behind and no chance when mistake 3 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Gentleman Anshan (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in May.
Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, blundered when weakening 4 out, 10th of 12, 36l behind Ultimate (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f Listed Handicap Chase (0-155) (4yo+) (1) gs.
Summery Justice (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Behind, struggling 6th, fell 12th, in a race won by Golden Chieftain (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar, 24 ran.
There's No Panic (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Held up and behind, blundered 13th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Houblon Des Obeaux (11-3) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs, 16 ran.
Grove Pride 15-8 (11-4) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 5th, led approaching 11th, mistake and headed next, weakened before 3 out, left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 5, 50l behind Forgotten Gold (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Wiesentraum (GER) 7-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway 6th, pressed leaders 4 out, challenged leader from 2 out, left in lead last, just held on, won at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct beating The Rainbow Hunter (11-9) by nk, 10 ran.
Annacotty (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led 6th, pressed and headed 3 out, ridden and regained lead before last, kept on, won at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs beating Present View (10-13) by 5l, 10 ran.
Brackloon High (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) In touch in mid-division, reminders and struggling after 13th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Standing Ovation (10-0) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Ballypatrick (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, jumped slowly 11th, closed before 13th, every chance 3 out, 3rd and weakening when left 2nd, swerved left to avoid faller and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Muldoon's Picnic (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct, 4 ran.
Sarando 22-1 (11-0) Close up, jumped slow 1st, soon lost place and in rear, refused 2nd, in a race won by Big Time Billy (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May, 8 ran.
Goring One (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Led early, chased leader, blundered 4th, lost 2nd before 6th, outpaced 11th, rallied 2 out, led flat, joined by rival post, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct deadheating with Jump City (11-12), 7 ran.
Night Alliance (IRE) 2-1fav (11-1) Chased leader from 2nd, mistake 7th, led 12th until 13th, led 14th, 5 lengths ahead when left further clear 3 out, easily, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy beating Chasers Chance (10-13) by 15l, 7 ran.