It wasn't a surprise that BALLYALLIA MAN found the competition a little hot behind The Package in the Listed Badger Ales Trophy here last time but he rallied well in the closing stages and this is a lot less competitive. Tom George's charge remains unexposed over fences and can get off the mark for the season here though front-runner Monkerty Tunkerty should strip fitter for his comeback at Bangor and Ceepeegee is only 4lb higher than when successful over C&D in February. Global Power won at Fontwell in October but was well beaten at Newbury next time and is probably high enough in the weights.
Global Power (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Mid-division on outside, in touch 10th, outpaced when hit 4 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 15, 18l behind Rolling Aces (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Monkerty Tunkerty 7-2 (11-4) Led or disputed lead until went on halfway, headed 3 out, weakened between last 2, 5th of 10, 27l behind Quartz De Thaix (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 12th, weakened 4 out, went remote 3rd before next until near finish, 4th of 12, 45l behind The Package (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Ceepeegee (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Made most, headed approaching 3 out, soon lost place and beaten, 7th of 12, 18l behind Ballyoliver (11-5) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8th, led 10th, headed approaching last, outpaced flat, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Olympian Boy (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jun.