Bravo Bravo is upped in the weights and in class after scoring at Chepstow recently so a chance is taken on FLYING VIC. The latter posted his best effort yet over timber when runner-up on his reappearance at Exeter last month and make more appeal than Billy No Name and Al Alfa. Raduis Bleu has the best hurdling form but is returning from a lengthy absence and chase winner Ratify has been off the track for over a year. Lord Landen showed some promise back in 2010 but never got involved on his recent comeback at Southwell.
Billy No Name (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 7th, pushed along after next, 4th and outpaced when not fluent 3 out, well held by leaders after, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Atlantic Roller (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft.
Al Alfa 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, pushed along in 6th before next, went 5th 3 out, plugging at same pace and no threat when left modest 4th 2 out, 4th of 13, 16l behind Cloudy Copper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 5-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders, chased winner 7th, challenged 3 out, mistake and lost 2nd 2 out, soon beaten, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Camden (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr '11.
Flying Vic (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, soon lost 2nd place, rallied and regained 2nd place run-in, always held by winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Annaluna (10-2) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Oct.
Smart Exit (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leader, led 4th, headed approaching 7th, chased leader until approaching 3 out where lost 3rd and mistake, weakened from next, 4th of 14, 38l behind Purcell's Bridge (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Lord Landen (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Took keen hold in rear, plugging on but no chance when slightly hampered 2 out, 7th of 14, 32l behind Set In Her Ways (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Ratify 8-1 (11-6) Prominent, led 8th until after next, led again 10th, mistake 14th, soon headed, hit 4 out, no impression on winner next, lost 2nd last, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Ballagio (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct '11.
Bravo Bravo 8-1 (11-7) Made all, mistake 2nd, clear before mistake 4 out, hit 2 out, hung left and ridden before last, hit last, kept on well, unchallenged, won at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Ripoff (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Okafranca (IRE) 18-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, outpaced 9th, kept on under pressure from 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 10, 9l behind Pie At Midnight (11-0) at Bangor 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Feb '11.
Joker Of The Pack (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Prominent when mistake 1st, lost place next, ridden after 6th, last 8th, well held after, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Deireadh Re (11-0) at Worcester 3m mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun '11.
Setter's Princess 50-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 6th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Queens Grove (10-4) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.