Cross Kennon was in the process of running another good race when brought down behind Lush Life at Cheltenham. The top weight is a credit to connections and has stamina in abundance so has to be of interest again here. Salpierre completed his hat-trick at Hereford with the minimum of fuss but has been raised a further 12lb for his trouble, while Arctic Court has more do than when scoring at Ayr. I've Been Framed is at the top of his game, however, and has a terrific record at this track. Neil King's charge may well pose the biggest threat to STOW. Venetia Williams' charge was a decent juvenile hurdler but has come into his own over longer trips this season and though no match for Universal Soldier at Chepstow earlier this month has nothing to fear from Sullomo or Vagrant Emperor on that run - he will relish the extra here.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 11-2fav (11-3) Held up mid-division on inside, steady headway and in touch when brought down 3 out, in a race won by Lush Life (11-2) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Dec, 16 ran.
Vagrant Emperor (IRE) 9-2fav (11-8) Held up mid-division on inside, weakened after 4 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 18 ran.
I've Been Framed (IRE) 4-1fav (11-9) Always prominent, led 5th, clear when hit 2 out, strongly challenged from last, held on gamely, won at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft beating Caught By Witness (11-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Sullumo (GER) 25-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear on inside, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, ridden before next, weakened approaching last, 6th of 18, 29l behind Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Arkose (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Led, slow and joined 4th, mistake next, headed 6th, stayed close up until blundered and weakened 4 out, last when blundered 2 out, tailed off, last of 6, 31l behind Ravethebrave (11-1) at Folkestone 2m 5f nov ch 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Salpierre (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) Tracked leaders on outside, challeged 7th, led next, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Victors Serenade (11-8) by 3l, 13 ran.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led 6th to after next, pressed leader, led again 4 out, headed narrowly after 2 out, every chance last until ridden and one pace flat, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Ashfield's Dream (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov chs 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.
Kauto The Roc (FR) 7-1 (9-7) Held up, headway after 4th, hit 5th, close up when fell 9th, in a race won by Mobaasher (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy, 14 ran.
Moghaayer 9-2 (11-7) Held up and always in rear, hit 2nd, tailed off, 10th of 12, 44l behind Kauto The Roc (10-8) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Stow 5-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, chased leaders in 3rd approaching 6th, chased winner before 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 18, 15l behind Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Arctic Court (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, went 2nd next, led approaching last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Oil Burner (10-11) by 4l, 13 ran.
Firm Order (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 3 out to before next, soon ridden and weakened, 4th of 17, 25l behind Chablais (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Pocketwood 11-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, led approaching and jumped left 3 out, pressed when jumped left last, held on well towards finish, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (4) gs in Dec beating Hot Tottie (11-1) by 4l, 18 ran.
Go Amwell 16-1 (11-7) Always in rear, pushed along before 7th, never a factor, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Kauto The Roc (10-8) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Saintly Lady (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Chased leading trio, 3rd from 9th, went 2nd before when mistake 2 out, finished tired, 2nd of 8, 18l behind Half Cocked (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.