David Pipe's Frosted Grape has been in fine form of late but faces no easy task from 11lb out of the handicap proper, while stable companion Swing Bill seems a shade high in the handicap and a better bet may be another Pipe runner, QULINTON. The six-year-old is unexposed over fences and may be worth another chance after a promising reappearance run at Newton Abbot last month when just behind Swing Bill but with two of today's rivals behind. Grand Slam Hero has harshly gone up 12lb for his win at Ffos Las last month, while Martin Todhunter's That's Rhythm is up 11lb for his victory at Bangor. It is difficult to know which one of the four is the pick of Peter Bowen's runners in the race but No Panic looks the best of the quartet, although it is Qulinton that gets the vote to win.
Grand Slam Hero (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, smooth headway 14th, chased leaders going well 4 out, tracked leader on bit 3 out, led 2 out, clear when hit last, very easily, won at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Aug beating Midnight Gold (10-11) by 5l, 12 ran.
That's Rhythm (FR) 8-1 (11-12) In touch, went 2nd 11th, led 4 out, drew clear from 2 out, eased towards finish, easily, won at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug beating Backbord (11-4) by 9l, 9 ran.
Pablo Du Charmil (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Hampered 1st, mid-division, ridden 11th, stayed on flat, never dangerous, 6th of 16, 11l behind Passato (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Aug.
Always Waining (IRE) 22-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, slight lead when left clear 2 out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Aintree 2m 5f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Apr beating Scotsirish (11-12) by 12l, 27 ran.
Ellerslie George (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Coolcashin (10-9) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 gd in Apr, 23 ran.
Five Dream (FR) 16-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 7th after 3 out, ridden into 4th before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 22, 6l behind Finger Onthe Pulse (10-12) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Jul.
Valley Ride (IRE) 18-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden when mistake 3 out, 5th and beaten when mistake, stumbled and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Working Title (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd, 12 ran.
No Panic (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 12th, went 2nd next, led 2 out, ridden in home straight, hung right inside final furlong, held on, won at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug beating Cool Running (11-9) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Mizen Raven (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway when slightly hampered 11th, went 2nd after 3 out, led after 2 out, headed last strides, 2nd of 11, nk behind Ballycarney (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf.
Enlightenment (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, left in 2nd at 9th, under pressure 3out, gradually faded, 5th of 9, 12l behind West With The Wind (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs (2) gd in Aug.
Qulinton (FR) 14-1 (10-11) Prominent, challenged 10th, led next, ridden and headed 3 out, no impression before next, one pace, 5th of 16, 9l behind Passato (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Aug.
Backbord (GER) 11-2 (11-11) Held up, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd last until before bend entering home straight, soon beaten in 4th, 4th of 8, 10l behind No Panic (11-10) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Swing Bill (FR) 9-2fav (10-6) Hampered 1st, held up in rear, headway 11th, hit next, chasing leaders when mistake 3 out, one pace from next, 4th of 16, 7l behind Passato (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Aug.
Silmi 5-2fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th to chase leaders, led 4 out, clear after last, easily, won at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug beating Indian Pipe Dream (10-7) by 9l, 9 ran.
Sunday City (JPN) 7-1 (11-3) In touch, close 3rd 4 out, jumped right 3 out, weakening when jumped right last, 6th of 10, 24l behind Mad Jack Duncan (10-0) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Frosted Grape (IRE) 5-4fav (10-4) Prominent, led 6th, clear 2 out, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Jimbatai (11-1) by 14l, 8 ran.