A P McCoy needed all of his strength to keep ROBOBAR going over 3m at Southwell on Sunday so the additional 7lb could be a problem. But today's opposition are hardly world-beaters and a follow-up looks to be on the cards with Maid Of Silk disappointing again at Worcester last month and Brimham Boy usually worth opposing. Solitary Palm races for the first time since scoring over course and distance in May off an 8lb lower mark but could figure if fully wound-up and is the pick of the remainder.
Robobar (FR) 9-4fav (11-11) With leader, led 8th, stayed on from 3f out, finished tired, won at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Farmer Frank (10-6) by 8l, 11 ran.
Brimham Boy 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden after 8th, effort 10th, soon chasing leaders, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 12l behind Rudigreen (11-7) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Hazeldene 3-1 (11-8) Led, blundered and headed 8th, soon weakened, last of 6, 30l behind Chilbury Hill (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Maid Of Silk (IRE) 9-2fav (11-8) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, hit 9th, headway 12th, went 4th when mistake 4 out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 4th of 16, 15l behind Whistling Senator (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Captain Marlon (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Behind, mistake 1st, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 23l behind Round Tom (12-0) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hts chs (6) gf in May.
Solitary Palm (IRE) 11-4 (10-5) Led, bumped 1st, headed 2nd, tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out, challenge 2 out, led and hit last, kept on well towards finish, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May beating Spirit Of Lake (9-10) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
West Bay Hoolie 66-1 (10-7) Held up in rear and in touch, went 3rd after 4 out until after last, one pace, 4th of 5, 20l behind Ice 'n' Easy (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Apr.