Malanos scored at Huntingdon in the spring and had a run on the Flat to put him straight though he was beaten a long way. He still looks the best of Tony Carroll's trio with Lee Edwards in the saddle but Getting Ready looks a few pounds high for his handicap debut while Minsky Mine, though in fair form on the level recently, ran poorly the last time he started over timber. This shouldn't take much winning so OPEN DAY, who has generally competed at a much higher level and has dropped to a very favourable mark, can score for Jonjo O'Neill and AP McCoy. Aegean Dynasty looks best of the remainder from the bottom of the weights.
Shadows Lengthen 33-1 (10-6) Held up, always behind, 9th of 14, 43l behind Cape Express (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Grafite 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened approaching 5th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Saphir River (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m beg chs (4) sft, 14 ran.
Getting Ready (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, chased leading pair before 3 out, weakened last, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Winstone (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Pret A Thou (FR) 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear and keen, fell heavily 3 out, in a race won by Chance Du Roy (11-10) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Mar, 8 ran.
Malanos (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Chased leader until ridden before 2 out, weakened quickly, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Lexi's Boy (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) sft in Apr.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Held up, headway approaching 6th, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 30l behind Tominator (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Open Day (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 5th, lost place from next, 8th of 13, 34l behind San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Taroum (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) In touch, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 14th of 17, well behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked winner, pushed along before 6th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 40l behind Theodore Lamb (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Aegean Destiny 15-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, ridden before last, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 9l behind Dormouse (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.