SOUTHFIELD THEATRE showed progressive form over timber last season ending with a victory over 2m4f at this track. Paul Nicholls' charge can take up where he left off and go in again. Three times a winner over fences, Ballyallia Man is having only his third start over the smaller obstacles and should go well, as should Ascot maiden hurdle winner, Forresters Folly. Gilanto wasn't disgraced in a bumper here back in April and Patsys Castle should have come on for his recent comeback at Huntingdon.
Southfield Theatre (IRE) Evensfav (11-6) Made all, challenged before 2 out, hard driven when idled approaching last, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr beating Seventh Sign (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Forresters Folly 15-8 (11-5) Led, joined 3 out, hit and headed 2 out, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Courtesy Call (10-7) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Raced keenly, led until 6th and dropped to 3rd, went 2nd again 10th, challenged 11th, lost 2nd well before 3 out, soon weakened, went poor 3rd in closing stages, 3rd of 5, 23l behind Arbeo (11-2) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Blazing Bouncer 5-1 (12-0) in a race won by The Accordionist (12-0) at Upcott Cross 3m ptp gd in Apr '11, 9 ran.
Gilanto (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Led, headed over 4f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 11l behind Robinsfirth (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Merchant Of Milan 28-1 (10-13) Prominent, lost place over 3f out, 9th of 14, 18l behind Take A Bow (11-1) at Chepstow 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Padre Tito (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ch ldrs, 5th 1/2way, ko from last, 4th of 11, 4l behind Azorian (12-0) at Kilfeacle 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan.
Patsys Castle (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Chased leader until 2nd, reminder after 5th, mistake and outpaced next, kept plugging away and closed when not fluent 3 out, pressing for 3rd flat, no impression on leading pair, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 10l behind Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Tresor De La Vie (FR) 3-1 (12-0) (cp) held up; gd prog 3 out; led last; clever, won at Exmoor 3m ptp gf in Jun beating William Percival (12-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Two Mile Bridge (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, struggling 6th, never on terms, 7th of 12, 22l behind Trop Fort (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Aug '12.