There may be more to come from Pure Anticipation after only two runs over fences. Avenging Ace has promised more than he's delivered so far, however, while Stormyisland Ahead has been well below par since scoring at Ffos Las in the spring and is now tried in a visor. The Good Guy took a while to get on top at Stratford last time and an 8lb higher mark may scupper his hat-trick bid so we'll side with RUDIGREEN, who was only beaten a length-and-a-half at Worcester last week and can race off the same mark. Croco Mister might need this and usually finds at least one too good in any case.
Favoured Nation (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, tailing off when went right and pulled up after 8th, in a race won by Harry Hunt (10-12) at Stratford 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in May, 8 ran.
Stormyisland Ahead 15-2 (11-5) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, never dangerous, 8th of 9, well behind Fairwood Massini (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Rudigreen (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Chilbury Hill (10-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
The Good Guy (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, led before last and not fluent, kept on well, won at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun beating Mr Robinson (9-10) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Avenging Ace (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Mid-division, chased leaders when mistake 12th, outpaced 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Haar (11-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Pure Anticipation (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Led until 4th, ridden after 10th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 7, 23l behind Paddy The Hare (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Burnthill (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) With leader, led 4th to 9th, reminders after 14th, weakened 16th, last of 8, well behind Sentimentaljourney (11-12) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Croco Mister (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, chased clear pair after next to before last, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 33l behind Chiquilline (11-12) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Apr.
Avanos (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, lost place 5th, behind from next, no chance when hampered and unseated rider soon after 3 out, in a race won by Sleep In First (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr, 12 ran.
Highland Rain 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led and blundered 4 out, soon headed, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 13, 19l behind The Good Guy (11-4) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Supralunary 250-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 6th, mistake 11th, soon lost place, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Buachaill Alainn (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf in Jun, 11 ran.