Promising Anshan is creeping up the weights but there wasn't a lot wrong with his comeback third at Ascot and this longer trip won't present a problem. Chicago Grey won the National Hunt Chase over 4m here at The Festival and was travelling like a winner when blundering and unseating his rider behind Balthazar King here last month. He was a little below par in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby last time, however, while Fair Along has never quite matched his hurdling exploits over fences and has a bit to find with REVE DE SIVOLA on their run together here in March. The longer trip could be the making of Nick Williams' charge, who needs plenty of encouragement but has been keeping on well enough over shorter and will have benefited from his run at Chepstow. West End Rocker is a dour stayer and Galaxy Rock won over 3m5f here in April but Hey Big Spender will do well to defy top weight.
Hey Big Spender (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mistake and hampered 2nd, behind when bad mistake 3rd, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Prince De Beauchene (10-5) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Chicago Grey (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway to go in touch from 5 out, ridden before 3 out, weakening when hit 2 out, 3rd of 7, 31l behind Weird Al (11-6) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Carruthers 66-1 (11-10) Held up behind, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, weakened from next, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Long Run (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Fair Along (GER) 11-2 (11-8) Led to 4 out, tracked winner, ridden after 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 20l behind Restless Harry (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hdl G2 (1) gd in Oct.
Balthazar King (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Mid-division, blundered and stumbled 3rd, lost place approaching 11th, plugged on from 3 out, never able to get on terms, 5th of 17, 27l behind Exmoor Ranger (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Oct.
Reve de Sivola (FR) 5-2fav (11-12) Prominent, mistake 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 13, 15l behind Ethiopia (9-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Oct.
West End Rocker (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Mid-division when brought down 6th (becher's brook), in a race won by Ballabriggs (11-0) at Aintree 4m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 40 ran.
Galaxy Rock (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, mistakes 1st and 2nd, headway approaching 3 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Rival D'estruval (10-0) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Promising Anshan (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Chased leadrs, went 3rd before 2 out, 2nd soon after, challenged and every chance when went left last, stayed on same pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Exmoor Ranger (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Oct.
Ballyfitz 28-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 13th, not fluent and losing place 15th, towards rear 18th, pulled up before 21st, in a race won by Beshabar (10-4) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 28 ran.
Hennessy (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, ridden before last, soon headway, kept on and no impression, 5th of 10, 21l behind Bescot Springs (10-5) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.