High Oscar hasn't won since scoring over C&D over a year ago, but has finally dropped back to a winning mark and ran well on a fast surface at Plumpton in April. BENDANT has a more recent outing under his belt having finished runner-up over hurdles at Chepstow last week in testing ground and a chance is taken that he can make his chasing bow a winning one. Swainson won here back in January and is 4lb higher, while Stop The Show had Quartz Du Montceau behind when scoring at Plumpton in the same month and could be thereabouts.
Swainson (USA) 9-1 (10-2) Mid-division, hard ridden 11th, soon beaten, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rateable Value (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.
High Oscar 5-1 (11-5) Close up, led 4 out, headed before 2 out, ridden before last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Bajan Sunshine (10-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Bendant 11-2 (11-0) Tracked winner from 2nd, challenged when hit 3 out, mistake next, one pace from last, 2nd of 17, 14l behind Kateal (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Quartz Du Montceau (FR) 40-1 (10-12) In last trio, struggling 6th, tailed off and pulled up after 9th, in a race won by American Spin (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Stop The Show (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd and in rear, pushed along and outpaced before 4 out, soon beaten, last of 3, dis behind Free To Air (10-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Curragh Dancer (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Chased leader, ridden on bend after 9th, lost 2nd before 4 out, weakened soon after, poor last when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Azulada Bay (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy, 6 ran.
Killfinnan Castle (IRE) 9-2fav (10-8) Towards rear, driven along after 10th, no chance when pecked 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Delgany Gunner (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs in Mar.
Ben Trovato (IRE) 15-2 (10-2) Chased leading pair, reminder 5th, hit 12th, ridden when blundered 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, well behind Present A Star (10-4) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs in Mar.