Last year's winner MALLUSK normally runs well fresh so it was disappointing to see him drop away tamely on his reappearance at Hereford, where he was eventually pulled up. Those exertions obviously didn't take much out of him, however, as he's turned out again quickly here so is probably worth another chance. French import Great's Autrechene and Ours were also pulled up last time, while Star Galaxy is having his first start since April but improving Newbury winner Back Bob Back should make a bold bid to defy top weight. Arctic Ben appears to have plenty to find however.
Back Bob Back (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Prominent, led approaching 6th where not fluent, clear last, eased close home, won at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft beating The Boss (11-3) by 7l, 6 ran.
Great's Autrechene (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from the 8th, pushed along after 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Valley View (11-1) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy, 11 ran.
Mallusk (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) In touch, ridden and hit 11th, soon lost place, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Hereford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 11 ran.
Arctic Ben (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 11, 43l behind Quincy Des Pictons (10-9) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Ours (FR) 15-2 (10-5) Soon towards rear, slow 5th and 7th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Nosecond Chance (11-2) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Star Galaxy (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and lost place when outpaced after 4 out, left a well held 3rd 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 6, 27l behind Thunder Child (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) fm in Apr.