Incentivise had River D'Or back in third when scoring at Bangor last month. Both should give another good account while the veteran Mortimers Cross could also be in the mix on his first start since May. Upham Atom should have come on for a recent pipe-opener at Wincanton where he finished a well beaten fifth with Air Force One further back in the field but the vote goes to TEN FIRES. He was headed on the line over today's trip at Stratford earlier this month and looks set to make amends in this. Quentin Collonges is not without a chance on his best form but would prefer faster ground.
Quentin Collonges (FR) 8-1 (10-2) In touch, mistake 5th, not fluent 6th, hit 20th and 21st, soon weakened, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Merigo (10-2) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Air Force One (GER) 20-1 (11-3) Not fluent 1st, raced wide chasing leaders, slightly lost place 8th, weakened 15th, behind when not fluent 17th, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Any Currency (11-3) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Estates Recovery (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened before last, 7th of 8, 21l behind Drumbaloo (11-1) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Mortimers Cross 20-1 (11-10) Led to 2nd, led again 4 out, ridden after last, headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (11-0) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in May.
Kaybeew 17-2 (11-7) Raced wide, in touch, mistake 13th, went 4th next, left 3rd after 17th, 4th and well held when crumpled on landing and fell 2 out, in a race won by Sea Saffron (10-0) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Upham Atom 13-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, no chance from 18th, left poor 5th 2 out, 5th of 8, 41l behind Any Currency (11-3) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
River D'or (FR) 11-4 (11-5) Held up, headway from 11th, went 2nd briefly after 3 out, soon ridden, one pace flat, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Incentivise (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Ten Fires (GER) 10-3 (11-7) Tracked winner until before 13th, chased winner after 3 out, ridden and switched left after last, soon every chance, kept on and just held, 2nd of 5, shd behind Present To You (10-11) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Double Chocolate 20-1 (10-3) Mid-division, hit 7th and 8th, in rear when not fluent 11th, last next, tailed off, 8th of 14, 47l behind Romanesco (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Incentivise (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Prominent, pushed along after 9th, mistake 13th, led approaching 2 out, edged right towards finish, stayed on, won at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct beating Chesapeake (11-4) by 1l, 6 ran.