Oscargo got off the mark over fences when scoring at Chepstow. He still has a few pound to play with on his best form over hurdles and should go close again under a penalty. However, VICTOR LEUDORUM's 6lb penalty for scoring at Ascot three weeks ago is greatly reduced by a conditional's allowance and Charlie Mann's charge is fancied to take advantage. Bold Chief has decent claims if translating his hurdling form to the larger obstacles but Manics Man and Silver Commander have plenty to find with the principals in this company and the once-useful Spirit River is even harder to fancy on recent form.
Oscargo (IRE) 4-9fav (10-12) Chased leader and well clear of rest, challenged 5 out, led next, asserted before last, ridden out, won at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) gd beating Western King (10-7) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Victor Leudorum (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, left in modest 5th and badly outpaced 9th, left in 4th 3 out, 10 lengths down and plenty to do 2 out, stayed on approaching last, strong run to lead final 75 yards, won going away, won at Ascot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gd beating Polisky (10-12) by 2l, 8 ran.
Bold Chief (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Chased leader until outpaced well before 2 out, rallied to 3rd at the last, stayed on flat, flattered by proximity to winner, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Thunderstorm (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Manics Man 10-1 (10-8) Held up, headway to track leaders after 3 out, 4th when hit 2 out, stayed on before last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr '12 beating Laughton Park (11-11) by 1l, 12 ran.
Silver Commander 5-1 (11-4) In touch in mid-division, not fluent when closing 7th, challenged before 3 out, every chance when landed steeply and lost hind footing last, not recover, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Market Option (10-13) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Spirit River (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Close up in 3rd on outside, not fluent and lost place 5 out, outpaced next, soon beaten, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Theatrical Star (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd, 6 ran.