Gigondas won here a year ago on only his second start over hurdles but appears to have gone backwards since. Marie Deja La won over track and trip in June but was beaten 15 lengths by Nicky Nutjob here earlier and is only 4lb better off. Pistolet Noir and Cannon Fodder appear to have a bit to find but BEYOND's Market Rasen run was too bad to be true and he's been dropped in the weights since. Kieron Edgar also takes off 7lb and David Pipe's stayer may enjoy better luck in this smaller field where his Flat speed should be an asset.
Beyond (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Led or disputed lead to 9th, soon lost place, weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Mission Complete (11-6) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 12-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden after 12th, one pace when not fluent 4 out, not fluent last, 5th of 13, 14l behind Forest Walker (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Gigondas 16-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 39l behind Castlemorris King (11-10) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Marie Deja La (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 15, 34l behind Gap Of Dunloe (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jul.
Cannon Fodder 10-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 6th of 13, 31l behind Another Hero (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 14-1 (9-7) Held up in 5th, headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden next, kept on same, went 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Benbane Head (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.