Fast ground suits AIRMEN'S FRIEND and Charlie Mann's course winner can return to winning ways, despite top weight. The danger may be La Pantera Rosa, who won on his latest start at Wetherby in May, as Kirkhammerton always seems to find at least one too good and both Kilmore West and Oniz Tiptoes are probably better over hurdles. Folie A Deux could figure, however, though this trip stretches his stamina and while Roi De Garde is a C&D winner he ran no sort of race when well backed at Uttoxeter last time.
Airmen's Friend (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led after 3rd, headed 10th, tracked leader, effort to challenge 2 out, soon ridden, one pace when lost 2nd before last, held on for 3rd flat, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Gambo (11-7) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Keeverfield (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Led to 3 out, chased winner until run-in, no extra, 3rd of 13, 17l behind Solis (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jul.
Folie A Deux (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden after 5th, headway 8th, one pace and no impression 3 out, 4th of 14, 19l behind Pairc Na Gcapall (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
La Pantera Rosa (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up, reminder and last after 5th, behind 7th, started to stay on from 11th, led before 4 out, clear last, ridden out, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May beating Pistol Basc (9-12) by 4l, 11 ran.
Top Benefit (IRE) 22-1 (10-10) In rear, not fluent 2nd, behind when not fluent 5th, reminders next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Tuskar Rock (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 7 ran.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 11-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Lost Glory (11-8) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Jul.
Kilmore West (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway and in touch on inside 4 out, chased leaders when blundered next, kept on same pace, 5th and beaten when blundered last, 5th of 14, 44l behind Allerford Jack (11-9) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Mr Valentino (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Mid-division, jumped slowly 4th, weakened after next, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Mtpockets (11-7) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Kirkhammerton (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Held up in touch, hampered 15th, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Sun Tzu (11-12) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Roi De Garde (FR) 7-4 (10-4) Held up in touch and in rear, pushed along 6th, weakened from 10th, pulled up after next, tailed off, in a race won by Cherokee Star (10-3) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jun, 5 ran.
Comme Je Trouve (IRE) 13-2 (9-11) Held up in touch on outside, blundered 13th, outpaced when mistake 4 out, soon weakened, behind when blundered next, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Cardigan Island (10-12) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 8 ran.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 7-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd until bumped 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 16l behind Dirty Bertie (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jul.
Chernik (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Behind, slightly hampered 5th, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 38l behind Ballyvoneen (10-13) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Bob Will (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Prominent, driven 10th, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 13, 50l behind Ballybough Gorta (10-1) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Quinder Spring (FR) 9-1 (11-6) Held up, headway when jumped slowly 11th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Treehouse (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Apr, 11 ran.