LAMB OR COD is 6lb higher than when winning this last year but has probably been primed for a repeat. Soft ground isn't a problem and, as he goes well fresh, he could take all the beating again though Virak is certainly interesting as he won very easily on his UK debut at Newton Abbot in the spring and could be anything. Araldur is very tough but starts off the new campaign on a high enough mark and Peckhamecho didn't show much on his reappearance at Fontwell. Broadway Buffalo won his first three over hurdles last season but is another with plenty of weight and the equally promising Kaylif Aramis looks a better bet today.
Araldur (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway after 4 out, not fluent last, stayed on flat, 4th of 20, 2 1/2l behind Battle Group (11-9) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Peckhamecho (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway before 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 6th of 7, 19l behind Princely Player (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd.
Broadway Buffalo (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed next, weakened last, 10th of 21, 28l behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Virak (FR) 1-2fav (10-13) Tracked leader, challenged last, soon led, driven and quickened clear flat, readily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Sonoftheking (11-1) by 8l, 7 ran.
Notus De La Tour (FR) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, mistake 10th, blundered and lost place next, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Unioniste (9-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Kaylif Aramis 2-1fav (11-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 3 out until after next, beaten when jumped left and not fluent last, 5th of 9, 15l behind Shotavodka (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Mar.
Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up approaching 2 out, in a race won by Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan, 18 ran.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 80-1 (11-0) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up last, well outpaced 4 out, went distant 3rd on long run to 2 out, tailed off, 3rd of 4, 50l behind The New One (11-8) at Kempton 2m Listed hdl (1) gs.
Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner last, edged right and took slight lead flat, headed and outbattled final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, nk behind Super Villan (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Apr.
Shammick Boy (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4 out, 8th of 11, 30l behind Tzora (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Hold Court (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Held up in touch, not fluent 6th, stayed on to take 2nd when not fluent last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 10l behind Western Warhorse (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.