Winning hurdler Jomade may need the experience on his chasing bow and the lightly-raced Just Benny hasn't been seen for well over a year. That leaves NIGHT FORCE and Themilanhorse as likely winners with the former handed the vote to confirm recent running at Doncaster. Brendan Powell's charge made all and jumped superbly to see off his two rivals with Themilanhorse, who was odds-on for his chasing debut, not taking as well to the bigger obstacles and coming home nine lengths behind.
Night Force 9-1 (10-11) Jumped well, disputed lead, slight advantage 2nd, made rest, pushed along approaching 4 out, ridden approaching 2 out, clear before last, stayed on strongly, ridden out, won at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gd in Mar beating Fill The Power (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 3 ran.
Flichity (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, left in close 2nd place and not fluent 2nd, mistake next, lost 2nd at 5th, lost 3rd 9th, soon ridden, went 3rd again 4 out, plugged on, 3rd of 5, 29l behind El Dancer (11-7) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) sft in Mar.
Jomade (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along 8th, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 39l behind Daarth (10-3) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in May.
Just Benny (IRE) 5-2fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, well behind Howizee (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec '11.
Mongress Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Always behind, weakened 5 out, 7th of 8, well behind Pension Plan (11-2) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
No Through Road 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along after 7th, weakening when mistake 3 out, 9th of 11, 32l behind Signed Request (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Themilanhorse (IRE) 4-7fav (11-0) Not always fluent, held up tracking leading pair, not fluent 5th and 10th, closed up 13th, went 2nd briefly on inside approaching 4 out where mistake, ridden after 3 out, beaten 2 out, not fluent last, last of 3, 9l behind Night Force (10-11) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gd in Mar.
Daddy'slittlegirl 14-1 (10-0) Made most until blundered 6th, soon weakened, tailed off 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Homer Run (11-6) at Towcester 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun, 8 ran.