Jonjo O'Neill's Rokinhorsescience is better than he showed at Stratford last time having won well here previously but he is hard to back with any confidence after that latest start and preference is for THAI VANGO, for the in-form Nigel Twiston-Davies. Admittedly the selection was pulled up on his most recent start in May but the yard have their runners in better form now and he looks worth chancing at the likely odds. Micky Hammond's Chernik could probably do with some help from the handicapper and of more interest may be Phoenix Des Mottes, who makes his reappearance off what seems a fair mark.
Bobby Gee 16-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, headway 4th, not fluent and lost place 6th, behind 11th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Carrickmines (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) sft in Mar, 11 ran.
High Skies 20-1 (11-4) Soon led, headed 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Golden Gem (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd, 14 ran.
Chernik (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Jumped right, tracked winner to 10th, left clear 2nd again bend before next, mistake 13th, lost place after 4 out, weakened from next, 4th of 7, 35l behind Pairc Na Gcapall (11-5) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Thai Vango (IRE) 4-1fav (11-9) Chased leaders, pushed along approaching 11th, weakened approaching 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Roseneath (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in May, 9 ran.
Rokinhorsescience (FR) 5-6fav (11-4) Chased leaders, mistake 8th, niggled along from 10th, struggling from 12th, weakened approaching 4 out, 4th of 7, 31l behind Keltic Lord (10-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Donovan (NZ) 40-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden 8th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Rebel Swing (10-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 7-2 (10-3) In rear, outpaced 11th, stayed on from last, went 2nd last 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Rusty Red (10-2) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Persian Gates (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Led 2nd, headed 5th, tracked leader until 3out, weakening when hit 2 out, 8th of 10, 44l behind Woodlark Island (10-7) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Safe Investment (USA) 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, hit next, behind 8th, no impression, went 4th closing stages, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Bynack Mhor (10-0) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.