Quobilai looks where the handicapper wants him to be and now returns to fences after a couple of hurdling spins whilst Hodgson is up 7lb for a battling Ffos Las success for his in-form yard. He seems sure to be involved again whereas Twill Stand To Us may find life tough moving straight into handicap company on the back of a single chase start. Strobe is up 6lb for a game win here last month and should contend again but the consistent and genuine LORD OF DRUMS has taken really well to fences for Lucinda Russell and outpointed a fair field here last time. A 5lb rise for that victory seems acceptable and he looks to have the scope to progress again over the larger obstacles.
Qoubilai (FR) 4-6fav (10-12) Led, hit 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, dropped to 3rd and mistake 2 out, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Neston Grace (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Hodgson (IRE) 9-4 (10-13) Tracked leader, led 6th, made rest, ridden and pressed after 2 out, stayed on flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Surf And Turf (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Karinga Queen (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, lost place 7 out, moderate 7th and no impression from 2 out, 6th of 13, 20l behind Prince Of Forwards (10-6) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
Twill Stand To Us (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th and keen, went 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 12l behind Bygones Of Brid (11-5) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Lord Of Drums (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Chased leader, mistake 6th, led bypassing omitted 2 out, hung right after last, driven out, won at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Twentypoundluck (11-9) by 3l, 6 ran.
Strobe 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, led 4th until 6th, led 7th, headed next, led again 4 out, driven out, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Hawaii Klass (10-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.