This Handicap Chase looks wide open and ALEXANDERTHEGREAT looks well treated to over turn some form on Shammy Buskins while Painter Man searches for a hat-trick. Prior to the pick's latest placed attempt over a shorter trip he wasn't beaten that far by the re-opposing Shammy Buskins. The subsequent weight swing favours a reversal and at the forecast odds he looks value. Painter Man was all out to score over couple of furlongs less last time and may find it hard to follow up after a 7lbs mark rise unless a short break has freshened him up. Trigonometry was an easy winner of a similar race last time and can go well from this revised mark while Petite Margot is one of the few in this field to win over this far. A truly open contest where Alexanderthegreat looks a bit of value off this mark.
Seymar Lad (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Led until 7th, lost place after 14th (water), well behind 18th, tailed off, 7th of 10, 43l behind Tyup Pompey (10-2) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Painter Man (FR) 5-2 (11-13) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leader halfway, led 5 out, headed approaching 3rd last, rallied and led again next, stayed on well, all out, won at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr beating Might As Well (10-8) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
King Harald (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Led until 3rd, prominent until lost place 10th, tailed off 16th, 7th of 9, well behind Fine By Me (10-6) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Petite Margot 20-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, mistake 13th, headway 18th, went 2nd 2 out, no impression from last, 2nd of 17, 11l behind Omix D'or (10-9) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Apr.
Pairc Na Gcapall (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Led clear trio to 4th, tracked leader, lost place approaching 8th, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on to regain 2nd 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Aberdale (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gf.
Triggernometry 2-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, left 2nd at 3rd, not fluent 16th, led approaching 3 out, clear approaching last, eased towards finisn, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Apr beating Terrible Tenant (10-2) by 12l, 3 ran.
Shammy Buskins 9-1 (11-6) Behind, mistake 9th, headway under pressure 4 out, ridden and still plenty to do 2 out, 6 lengths down in 4th last, stayed on strongly flat, led going away towards finish (no time taken), won at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf beating Alexanderthegreat (11-9) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Alexanderthegreat (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, every chance when mistake 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Lucky Luk (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Our Jim 4-1fav (11-10) Mostly chased winner, every chance 3 out and next, weakened before last, 4th of 12, 7l behind North Island (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
What A Scientist (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway after 4th, went 2nd at 12th, led and stumbled 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, hit last, 5th of 8, 21l behind Zacharova (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr '09.
Dusty Dane (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) In touch, ridden along 12th, effort in 4th when bumped 4 out, weakened from next, 4th of 7, 12l behind Ballycarney (11-2) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Spare Change (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, ridden 4 out, dropped to 4th before straight, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 27l behind Oscar Glory (9-13) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs 0-135 gf.
Grenoli (FR) 6-1 (10-7) Led to 3 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 9, 26l behind Roseneath (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs.