Overton Lad is a standing dish around here but isn't getting any younger. Rifleman is already a teenager and likely to find at least a couple too good again, while Shock N Freaney's record under Rules leaves a lot to be desired. Douglas won at Fontwell in August, however, while Halucha is lightly raced over fences and scored over hurdles here in May. QUAYSIDE COURT won over course and distance in March off a 2lb higher mark. Faster ground may help him rediscover his best so he gets a tentative vote, though most of these are capable of winning a race like this on their day.
Douglas 16-1 (11-2) Led, headed before 11th, soon lost 2nd, weakening when blundered 14th, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 4th of 8, 38l behind Old Dreams (11-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Sep.
Halucha (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, reminders after 1st, blundered 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 37l behind Glen Countess (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Dbanks (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Held up in mid-division, headway 5th, not fluent 8th, lost place 3 out, no extra next, 9th of 12, 31l behind Artic Night (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Shock N Freaney (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, pushed along before 10th, weakened before 4 out, blundered and eventually unseated rider next, in a race won by Fearless Leader (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep, 7 ran.
Quayside Court (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place after 9th, behind 11th, pulled up before 3 out (normal 4 out), in a race won by Watch House (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Rifleman (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) In rear, pushed along after 5th, headway 12th, outpaced 4 out (normal 3 out), plugged on flat, no impression, 6th of 12, 27l behind Watch House (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.
Overton Lad 25-1 (10-7) Led or disputed lead, reminder after 9th, lost place 12th, weakened 3 out, 7th of 11, well behind Time Do (11-6) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Inandover 9-2 (10-9) Prominent, lost place 2nd, jumped left next, behind from 7th, 9th of 11, well behind The Nephew (12-1) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Dark Oasis 50-1 (9-11) Soon in touch on outside, lost place 7th, no danger after, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Little Chip (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Von Galen (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Held up on outside, not fluent and reminder 4th, behind after 7th, tailed off 10th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Lord Lescribaa (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-95 (5) gf in Jun, 12 ran.
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Led, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 44l behind Queen Of Mantua (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gd in Apr.