Edgardo Sol won off a 5lb higher mark over fences at Aintree but this looks a lot more competitive. Cape Dutch is heading in the right direction judged on his latest win at Carlisle but could get outpaced over this shorter trip, while Numen won't find it easy to complete a four-timer off this mark as SHALLOW BAY is better off at the weights than when twice getting a rear view of Lucy Jones' gelding at Exeter. David Pipe's four-year-old is given a final chance to get off the mark over timber as he may settle him a little better in first-time blinkers, though this contest had a very open look about it. Thurles winner St Killian's Run may prove the pick of the Irish raiders but has his fair share of weight and just as interesting are lightly-raced pair Trovare and All The Winds.
Cape Dutch (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) In touch, pushed along and slightly outpaced before 2 out, soon headway, led 2 out, clear before last, eased heavily run-in, won at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Weston Lodge (10-12) by 11l, 12 ran.
Edgardo Sol (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Pressed leader, led 5 out, ridden and hard pressed between last 2, kept on under pressure flat, just held on, won at Aintree 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd in Oct beating The Cockney Mackem (10-6) by ns, 6 ran.
St Killian's Run (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on outer, close up entering straight, ridden to lead before last, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft beating Would You Do That (11-0) by 7l, 17 ran.
Numen (IRE) 5-4 (11-5) Made all, shaken up approaching 3 out, 1/2 length up last, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) fm in Oct beating Shallow Bay (10-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Walden Prince (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd after 3 out, challenged and led next, headed under pressure last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Much Acclaimed (10-10) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Trovare (USA) 85-40 (11-5) Held up, not fluent and headway 3rd, mistake 6th, ridden after next, mistake 3 out, soon beaten, left 3rd last, 3rd of 7, 34l behind Bedouin Bay (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
What A Warrior (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened 2 out, 10th of 14, 39l behind Gormanstown Cuckoo (11-11) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
High Bird Humphrey 5-1 (11-5) Held up in 4th, chased leading pair 4 out, driven approaching 2 out, ridden to go 2nd between last 2, kept on same pace, held flat, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Rampant Ronnie (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.
All The Winds (GER) 9-2 (11-3) Chased leading trio, closer order to 3rd approaching 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, driven between last 2, stayed on to 2nd flat, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Court In Session (11-6) at Ascot 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
The Galloping Shoe 14-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Weetfromthechaff (11-5) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Kayaan 9-2 (11-3) Held up in touch and keen, tracked winner from 3 out until before 2 out, one pace from last, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Eseej (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Fairwood Massini (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Fell 1st, in a race won by Prince Of Milan (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct, 15 ran.
Kack Handed 11-2 (10-13) Led until 2nd, chased winner, closed 8th, ridden and no impression after 2 out, weakened to 3rd before last, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Wessex King (11-6) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Oct.
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 5-4fav (11-5) Took keen hold, tracked leader until settled in 3rd after 2nd, went 6 lengths 2nd after 3 out, closed before 2 out, ridden between last 2, led before last, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Freckle Face (10-7) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Shallow Bay 6-4fav (11-9) With leader, carried right and bumped 1st, not fluent 2nd, led 4th, clear approaching 2 out, mistake and headed last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Dormouse (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, good headway before 2 out, soon chased leaders, led last, driven clear, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct beating James Pollard (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
James Pollard (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, headway approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, led between last 2, ridden and headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Dragon's Den (10-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Up To The Mark 10-3 (11-8) Led, bumped 5th, headed next, led again 7th, jumped right and headed 2 out, driven to hold every chance final 100 yards, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Bhaltair (11-1) at Haydock 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Archie Rice (USA) 9-2 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 11, 46l behind Taroum (10-11) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul.