POTTERS CROSS is hard to oppose. Well clear of the field on official handicaps marks, he ran well for second in a Grade 2 event at Chepstow last month and will likely start a short price for this. Berea Boru looks next best as he returned an easy winner over track and trip last time but will do well to land a hat trick under a double penalty. Closing Ceremony made a promising start over hurdles at Chepstow though the level of form is some way behind that of the selection and the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Berea Boru (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, closed from 3rd, led 5th until 7th, led again after 3 out, clear approaching last, easily, won at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Champagne Rian (10-7) by 18l, 5 ran.
Blazing Bouncer 33-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, headway to chase leaders 5th, outpaced after 8th, moderate progress flat, 4th of 8, 39l behind Kaki De La Pree (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Closing Ceremony (IRE) 10-3 (10-13) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, hit 1st, headway after 8th, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, joined and hit next, soon ridden, headed before last, no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Kaki De La Pree (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Lord Fox (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Led, headed 2nd led again 3rd, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, well behind Willoughby Hedge (10-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Paddocks Lounge (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 4th 6out, prog in 2nd bef 3out, 3l 2nd & no ch with wnr from 2out, kow, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Dr Patmassini (11-4) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Potters Cross 12-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 3rd, hit 7th and joined, headed before 4 out, soon driven and and dropped to 3rd, went modest 2nd again 2 out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Timesremembered (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Oct.