Leg Iron posted a better effort when runner-up at Fontwell with Emperor Concerto well behind. He could go close again but Franklin Roosevelt's winning run came to an end when well beaten at Wetherby last time. OLD DREAMS made a promising start to her chasing career when just failing to catch Queen Of Mantua at Towcester last month. Nick Gifford's mare looks capable of winning at this level and gets the nod with the quirky Lajidaal making most appeal of the rest.
Leg Iron (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, raced in touch in 5th from 6th, pushed along in 4th 4 out, stayed on to 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Quarl Ego (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 8th, pushed along 10th, chased leaders before and blundered 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 24l behind Blazing Bull (10-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Pipe Banner 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, well held 4 out, 7th of 8, 45l behind King Spirit (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m beg chase (4) gd.
Ballyvoneen (IRE) 9-2 (12-5) In rear, headway 9th, went 3rd from 11th, pushed along before 15th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pyjama Game (11-4) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd, 9 ran.
Emperor Concerto 12-1 (11-5) Held up in 6th, headway to chase leaders 5th, went 2nd next, ridden and lost 2nd approaching 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Quarl Ego (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Old Dreams (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) In rear, headway 5 out, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, chased winner before last, edged left after last, soon every chance, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Queen Of Mantua (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gd in Apr.
Doctor Ric (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led, headed before 2nd, weakened from 8th, hampered 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by No No Bingo (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Flugzeug 7-1 (11-5) Raced wide in touch, went 3rd 4 out, chasing leaders when blundered and weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 24l behind Jamesson (10-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) gd in Apr.
Sea Cadet 9-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden along after 12th, headway to lead before 14th, went right blundered and headed 2 out, chased winner until the last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Ballyvoneen (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Lajidaal (USA) 5-1 (11-8) Towards rear, pushed along 14th, headway before 4 out, went 3rd from 3 out, kept on from last, held near finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Top Benefit (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.