STAGE ACCLAIM is unlikely to get many better chances to break his duck over fences. Richard Newland's six-year-old is improving with experience over the larger obstacles and has been a little unlucky to come up against some decent novices in his last three races. He gets 7lb from Five Out Of Five, a wide-margin winner at Fakenham last month, and Irish hunter chaser Jamsie Hall. Court Red Handed has a bit of scope and Sarah Humphrey's winning pointer could be interesting in time, though is likely to need this after a seven-month break.
Five Out Of Five (IRE) 11-10 (10-12) Made all, clear 2 out, unchallenged, won at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gf in May beating Zazamix (10-12) by 32l, 4 ran.
Jamsie Hall (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Chased leaders, well off pace, poor 2nd from 8th, ridden to close approaching 3 out, 4L adrift before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Chrisdonlady (10-9) at Listowel 3m hts chs gd.
Court Red Handed (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, effort on outside 3 out, soon ridden, chased winner between last 2, 2 lengths down when not fluent last, no impression flat, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Corso Palladio (11-0) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Oct.
Maglinn River (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Prom; led 10 til hdd by-passing 15; outpcd 3 out; stayed on final 200yds, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Transporter (11-7) at Bratton Down 3m ptp gs.
Papa Golf 22-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Bescot Springs (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd, 9 ran.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up in close 5th, driven to 3rd after 14th, went right last 4, went 2nd and switched right after last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Liberate (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf.