According To Trev delivered a really gutsy performance when outbattling Our Vinnie here last time and another strong run is anticipated. However, this rates a tougher assignment and he's likely to be less well suited by a significant drop in trip. FOX RUN was most impressive on his racecourse debut at Worcester last month over a furlong less than this trip and it's interesting that the champion trainer pitches him in at the deep end here at Grade 2 level. The hint may be worth taking with any amount of improvement likely to be forthcoming. Village Vic ran well here behind The New One last month and another good account is expected whilst C&D winner, Bondage, is an Irish raider demanding attention. He looks the each-way value in an intriguing affair, in which the unexposed I Shot The Sheriff is also of interest.
According To Trev (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, led after 2 out, driven clear flat, soon edged right, edged left close home, all out, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Oct beating Our Vinnie (10-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Bondage (IRE) 17-2 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, challenged after 2 out, led when hit last, edged right flat, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct beating Medinas (10-11) by 2 3/4l, 23 ran.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, challenged 4 out, led soon after, clear 2 out, blundered last, driven out, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct beating Boyfromnowhere (11-5) by 5l, 10 ran.
Coneygree 5-1 (10-12) Made all, mistake 2 out, clear last, unchallenged, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft beating Corrin Wood (10-12) by 20l, 10 ran.
I Shot The Sheriff (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd approaching 2 out (usual 3 out), challenged next, soon led, drew clear approaching bypassed last, comfortably, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Liberty's Gift (11-5) by 9l, 8 ran.
Creepy (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Prominent, outpaced over 3f out, rallied 2f out, stayed on, no impression on leaders, 4th of 17, 9l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Fox Run (IRE) 6-5fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, jumped right and rider unbalanced briefly 2nd, challenged 6th, not fluent 2 out, led last, drew clear flat, easily, won at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct beating Chargen (11-0) by 14l, 9 ran.
Our Joey (IRE) 9-4fav (10-7) Held up in touch, led 4th, joined when fell 2 out, in a race won by Deise Dynamo (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct, 8 ran.
Village Vic (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway approaching 3 out, challenging when not fluent 2 out, ridden before last, pressed winner 200 yards out, stayed on, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind The New One (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Oct.