Dais Return sprang a surprise at Worcester following a lengthy absence but whether he'll reproduce that form here off a 7lb higher mark is anybody's guess. Pennant Dancer is in form but has shot up the weights, but Uttoxeter scorer Phar Away Island can't be ruled out and The Kings Assassin will be happier back over hurdles. GO AMWELL stays well and will be suited by this test. He can be a hard ride but has the right man on board in Richard Johnson and is still capable of going close off this sort of mark.
Dais Return (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway 5 out, led before last, kept on strongly, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Frontier Vic (11-7) by 6l, 14 ran.
War Treaty (IRE) 125-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside until 2nd, held up, closed from 7th, mistake next, soon outpaced, well beaten when mistake normal 2 out, 5th of 7, 30l behind Vesperal Dream (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Go Amwell 16-1 (10-13) Always in rear, never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Winged Crusader (11-10) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Fortification (USA) 16-1 (11-9) Held up behind, headway under pressure after 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on to take 3rd after last, no impression, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Pennant Dancer (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Pennant Dancer 9-2fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on outside 4 out, led after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Annamult (10-9) by 7l, 15 ran.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 14-1 (11-1) Towards rear, pushed along after 5th, never involved, 12th of 15, 22l behind Mighty Mambo (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Southway Queen 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, pushed along before 9th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 12, 32l behind Halucha (11-10) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 9-4 (10-10) Tracked leaders, jumped right and mistakes, lost place after 6th, ridden 9th, pulled up after 11th, in a race won by Market Option (11-11) at Fontwell 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 6 ran.
Silent Knight (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place approaching 7th, well beaten when pecked 2 out, 6th of 9, 17l behind Generous Ransom (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Phar Away Island (IRE) 9-2fav (9-13) Mid-division, hit 6th, headway after 8th, challenged last, soon went left and led, drawing away towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Mist The Boat (11-8) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Dipity Doo Dah 10-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, pushed along after 6th, headway and driven along in 4th before 2 out, stayed on under strong pressure flat, went never dangerous 3rd in closing stages, 3rd of 10, 24l behind Detour Ahead (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.