Franklin Roosevelt bounced back from a poor run at Wetherby to win at Plumpton earlier this month and is one for the short-list here. Oscar Prairie shouldn't be dismissed out of hand if blinkers have the desired effect while Cardigan Island got back to winning ways at Bangor, though has a bit to find to overturn previous running here with SIR MATTIE. Paul Maloney has struck up a good understanding with David Rees' charge, who has become something of a track specialist and should again beat recent course winner Raduis Bleu on today's terms. He is the selection with Very Stylish and Mabel Tasman both returning from a spell on the sidelines and Whispering Jack needing to improve on his Worcester second to figure.
Air Force One (GER) 8-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 8th, outpaced before 3 out, well held when not fluent 2 out, 6th of 12, 24l behind Rich Buddy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Very Stylish (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Towards rear, reminders after 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 15th, in a race won by State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Raced wide, in touch, not fluent 2nd, pushed along before 7th, weakened 3 out, 10th of 14, 23l behind Kenai Peninsula (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Sir Mattie (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, blundered 12th, headway 5 out, went 2nd before 3 out, led last, kept on, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Raduis Bleu (10-8) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 3-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, outpaced 3 out, rallied next, led last, ran on well, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Achimota (11-4) by 8l, 6 ran.
Whispering Jack 7-2 (11-10) Prominent, hit 3rd, ridden 4 out, every chance 2 out, stayed on same pace last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Handsome Buddy (9-9) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 11-4 (10-6) Held up in 3rd, went 2nd 5 out, driven to lead before last, ridden flat, held on towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Crannaghmore Boy (10-0) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, went 3rd at 13th, went 2nd before 14th, mistake 4 out, blundered next, driven and looked held last, rallied on inside as leader idled flat, led final 50 yards, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd beating Leg Iron (11-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Thelobstercatcher 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, not fluent 17th, outpaced 22nd, 6th 3 out, stayed on from next, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 19, 15l behind Charles Bruce (11-3) at Cheltenham 4m 1f hts chs (4) gd.
Mabel Tasman 9-1 (10-10) In rear, headway before 10th, went 3rd before 3 out, ridden to lead last, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 7f beg chs (4) gd in Nov beating Shockingtimes (11-3) by 3l, 7 ran.
Stormyisland Ahead 11-4fav (12-0) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, ridden 3 out, one pace, 5th of 10, 21l behind Accessallareas (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Risk (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden and went 3rd last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Five Rivers (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Kilcommon Pride (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th until soon after 13th, chased leadrers in 3rd, stayed on same pace from 4 out, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Jaunty Journey (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Tin Pot Man (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) In rear and in touch, mistake 11th, soon weakened, tailed off 13th, 4th of 5, well behind Stormyisland Ahead (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Flanagan (IRE) 9-2fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, disputed lead 5 out, ridden and outpaced approaching next, soon no impression with winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Mr Gee Jay (10-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.