Morestead has won three times here and beat Monday's penalised Plumpton winner Upton Mead on 10lb worse terms over track and trip in May. Brendan Powell's charge usually takes no prisoners but was tailed off here earlier in the month and is hard to catch right. RED ROCK's jumping leaves much to be desired but he's dropped a further pound in the weights since finishing fifth at Chepstow and could be the answer to a tricky puzzle. Niki Royal also has claims if fully wound-up but Mister Wiseman may not be the force of old and Edlomond has shown nothing over fences so far.
Niki Royal (FR) 11-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened after 4 out, 6th of 13, 30l behind Lough Derg Way (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Upton Mead (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, led before 3 out, headed after 3 out, ridden to lead again between last 2, clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Doheny Bar (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Edlomond (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and in touch 8th, ridden next, soon beaten, tailed off, 6th of 8, 38l behind Merrion Square (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m beg chs (5) gf in Jul '12.
Red Rock (FR) 7-2 (11-1) Chased winner who was soon well clear, lost 2nd 8th, ridden before 5 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Take Of Shoc's (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Morestead (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) In touch in 4th, tracked leaders 3rd, pushed along and lost place 6 out, left remote 4th 2 out, plugged on to take 3rd near finish, no impression, 3rd of 5, 39l behind Midnight Lira (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd.
Mister Wiseman 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, reminder after 8th, soon lost place, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rudigreen (11-7) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Aug, 11 ran.