Diamond's Return won on the bridle at Uttoxeter on Wednesday with Conor O'Farrell looking around for non-existent dangers after jumping the last. He should make a bold bid to defy a penalty in this higher grade but Lost Legend got back on track at Worcester last month, though unseated his rider earlier at Newton Abbot in the race won by Sheriff Hutton in which POSSOL finished seventh. Henry Daly's gelding may have needed that, his first start since early June, and is taken to win for the first time since 2009 here as he's well treated on the pick of his form. General Miller was third off today's mark at Sandown in April on his last start over hurdles but, like Southwell fourth Ixora, will be back over fences sooner rather than later.
General Miller 13-8fav (11-12) Led to 5th, chased leaders, reminders after 7th, behind from 9th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Dark Energy (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug, 6 ran.
Possol (FR) 14-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, hampered 3rd, pushed along after 8th, weakened before next, 7th of 14, 29l behind Sheriff Hutton (11-0) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Aug.
Ixora (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in last trio, ridden and struggling after 7th, plugged on from 2 out, 4th of 8, 25l behind Pure Faith (11-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Lost Legend (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Held up, soon in touch, closed to take 2nd 4th, ridden before 2 out, edged left approaching last, stayed on under pressue flat, led towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Benefit Of Youth (11-5) by hd, 5 ran.
Diamond's Return (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, led going well last, edged left and clear flat, eased close home, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf beating Street Runner (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Hollins 16-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 6th, not fluent 8th, hung left and outpaced after 3 out, no impression on leaders after, 4th of 6, 11l behind Jewel In The Sun (10-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, led before 3rd, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 19l behind Dresden (11-9) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.