VENETIAN LAD is 6lb higher than when winning this last year but has ground conditions in his favour again and it would be no surprise to see Lydia Richards' course specialist score again. Bit Of A Clown only won a maiden hunter chase over track and trip in May and it remains to be seen how her fares against these experienced handicappers. Princely Hero likes it here but probably needs a bit further nowadays. The same can probably be said of Double Chocolate and Lord Lescribaa but Kind Of Easy had every chance when unseating his rider here in February and shouldn't be far away with a clear round.
Kind Of Easy (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, reminder after 7th, went 3rd next, went 2nd 9th, led briefly 4 out, pushed along pressing winner and every chance when unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Time To Think (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 8 ran.
Venetian Lad 8-1 (11-12) Towards rear, weakened before 5 out and pulled up, in a race won by Full Of Joy (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Bit Of A Clown (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, challenged 12th, led soon after 3 out, stayed on well flat, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hts chs (6) gd in May beating Dusshera (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Double Chocolate 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, reminders before 4th, weakened 6 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Papradon (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jul.
Lord Lescribaa (FR) 16-1 (11-1) In touch, lost place 10th, struggling 12th, soon behind, tailed off, 6th of 11, 32l behind Roc De Guye (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Princely Hero (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) With leader, mistake 11th, reminders after next, lost 2nd from 14th, plugged on from 3 out, no impression, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Joe The Rogue (11-4) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Sep.