A very modest affair, emphasized by the fact that the top two in the weights were both pulled up on their respective reappearances. Endofdiscusion is probably capable of better but Lord Landen shouldn't be far away on his chasing bow having been well backed over hurdles at Southwell last time while Pod's latest second at Taunton was boosted when the winner went in again at the Somerset track earlier this week. CLASSIC CASE was soon struggling at Uttoxeter last month but that was his first run since December last year. Often highly tried over hurdles, he still has a bit of scope at this level so gets a tentative vote.
Lord Kennedy (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 6th or 10th, weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Richmond (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th or 12th, ridden 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Salut Honore (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs, 12 ran.
Lord Landen (IRE) 11-8fav (11-6) Led, not fluent 2nd, clear before 2 out, ridden between last 2, soon hung left, headed last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Motou (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Saudi Pearl (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) In rear, reminder after 3rd, behind 5th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Irish Cavalier (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) sft in Oct.
Classic Case (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Always behind, tailed off 5 out, 12th of 14, well behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Graylyn Amber 7-1 (11-2) Led until headed before 2 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 8, 36l behind E Street Boy (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr '11.
Gorhams Gift 100-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, ridden and weakened from 8th, 8th of 13, 38l behind Catch The Rhythm (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Moonlight Maggie 10-1 (10-10) Behind and struggling 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Superciliary (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Pod 5-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8th, challenged and every chance 3 out, rallied well in closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Milosam (10-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Hero's Call 14-1 (10-0) In touch, lost place over 4f out, 10th of 11, well behind Fuzzy Logic (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.