Another cracking contest in store and marginal preference is for WORKING TITLE. There looks to be plenty of pace on here which should suit this gelding as he can sometimes take a strong pull. A 12lb rise in the weights for his Uttoxeter romp makes life tougher but the feeling is that he can put his match fitness to good use. Restless Harry bounced back from his Albert Bartlett fall by winning in April and this fine advert for the yard is not discounted, along with the classy Duke Of Lucca despite the feeling that both might be sent chasing sooner rather than later. Sir Harry Ormesher looks high enough in the weights, a comment that might also apply to Tullamore Dew as he returns to the fray. Pistolet Noir is much more interesting with another year under his belt and along with the race-fit Any Given Day is respected in this line-up. Chief Yeoman is now 5lb below his last winning mark (in 2009) and with his record fresh he is far from discounted, along with Pickamus despite his record suggesting he needs a run or two to blow the cobwebs away after a break.
Hills Of Aran 20-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Amber Brook (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd.
Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, disputed lead before next, slight advantage when mistake last, kept on under pressure run-in, 3rd and no impression when slightly hampered close home, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Reve De Sivola (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 1 gd in Apr.
Sir Harry Ormesher 11-2 (11-12) Towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, 40l behind Bella Haze (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in May.
Restless Harry 4-6fav (11-8) Made all, jinked right 2 out, driven clear last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Apr beating Ring For Time (10-11) by 16l, 5 ran.
Working Title (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, clear next, mistake last, eased towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Sep beating No Rules (10-13) by 6l, 12 ran.
Tullamore Dew (IRE) 80-1 (10-10) In touch on inside, effort approaching 2 out, soon ridden, chased winner last, kept on flat, no impression, 2nd of 28, 4 1/2l behind Spirit River (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 16-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, switched left 3 out, headway soon after, went 3rd flat, stayed on, 3rd of 22, 1 1/2l behind Sir Harry Ormesher (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Any Given Day (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 2nd, challened 2 out, led last, soon ridden, kept on, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Now This Is It (11-1) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (3) gd.
Dantari (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden after 6th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 7th of 17, 6l behind Russian War (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd.
Chief Yeoman 25-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division on inner, weakened approaching 4 out, 11th of 13, well behind Bella Haze (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in May.
Mohanad (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear in 5th, went 3rd after and hit 3 out, led approaching next, ridden and headed last, no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Battle Group (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Benbane Head (USA) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in 5th, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, headway approaching 9th, not fluent 10th, soon went close 2nd, led after 2 out, stayed on strongly to draw clear final 100 yards (no time taken), won at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Oct '09 beating Baddam (11-6) by 7l, 7 ran.
Pickamus (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) Made all, jumped well, ridden approaching last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Kew Jumper (11-1) by 8l, 7 ran.
Mad Moose (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Led, went clear approaching 2 out, 7 lenghts ahead last, jockey took things easy momentarily, soon ridden, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Bescot Springs (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Sep.