Scimon Templar was still travelling well when badly hampered and unseating his rider over hurdles here last month. He has the build of a chaser and this is not a difficult start. Morning Time has been placed in three of his eight chase starts but is proving better over the smaller obstacles so far and Merry Minster is having her first run since second over a longer trip here in August. ON THE CASE blundered badly and was pulled up on his chasing bow but was still in the lead after the last when second at Towcester last month and looks capable of going one better in this.
Morning Time (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 16l behind Trust Thomas (10-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Scimon Templar (FR) 7-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders until hampered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by King's Chorister (9-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Merry Minster 7-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway when hit 11th, went 3rd approaching 3 out, kept on to chase winner run in, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Diddley Dee (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
On The Case 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, closed 7th, not fluent and led 3 out, edged left after last, soon headed, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Tinelyra (11-0) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Laybach (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Prominent, ridden and lost place 5th, weakened 4 out, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Pass Muster (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Smudger 18-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 5th, weakened from next, 7th of 12, 31l behind Suprise Vendor (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May '11.
Snooze N You Lose 150-1 (9-7) In rear, headway after 4th, lost place next, behind from 6th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Robin's Command (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 7 ran.