Stage Acclaim may well have beaten The Wife's Pet at Huntingdon last time had he not hung right up the home straight. Richard Newland's six-year-old has plenty of experience over fences but may struggle to give 7lb to RED HARBOUR. Paul Nicholls' gelding was only beaten a head by Siberian Tiger on his debut over the larger obstacles at Haydock in May and could be the type to run up a sequence in this grade in the autumn. Khorun won at Perth in July but was well beaten at Hereford next time and only fourth in a seller over hurdles last time. He faces a stiff task at the weights here.
Khorun (GER) 13-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, not fluent 7th, hampered on bend before 3 out, challenging when mistake 3 out, no extra last, 4th of 7, 23l behind American Art (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Left in lead 1st, knuckled on landing and headed 10th, rallied to lead again before 2 out, veered right last, jockey lost iron briefly, hung right and soon headed, held after, straightened up and stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind The Wifes Pet (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Aug.
Red Harbour (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, took closer order 4 out, led next, clear last, headed last strides, no extra, 2nd of 4, hd behind Siberian Tiger (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in May.