An inconsistent sort last season, KINGS LODGE looked more the finished article on his return to action at Fontwell. He scored by six lengths eased down on that occasion and a 9lb rise may not prevent him following up. Polisky has claims on his best form though he's yet to win over fences while Compton Blue should figure once again after a second at Southwell. Cinevator failed to cope upped in class last time and Silver Commander makes more appeal despite returning a disappointing favourite at Exeter on his return. Coole River and Midnight Oscar are others with claims if at their best.
Cinevator (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 2nd, not fluent 3rd, behind from 10th, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Pantxoa (11-5) at Chepstow 3m (3) gd.
Silver Commander 6-5fav (11-5) Led, slight mistake 8th (water), headed 4 out, immediately beaten, 2nd of 4, 34l behind Dawn Commander (11-5) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gf.
Kings Lodge 5-2 (11-4) Close up, led 6th, headed 9th, led before 4 out, clear before last, eased towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd beating Ski Sunday (11-4) by 6l, 6 ran.
Coole River (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Jumped right and bumped 1st, tracked leaders, stumbled and lost place 8th, soon behind, 10th of 12, 39l behind Pure Faith (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Midnight Oscar (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, one pace and went 3rd before last, 5th of 11, 13l behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Ultragold (FR) 20-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 2nd, not fluent 8th, weakened after 4 out, blundered 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Twirling Magnet (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gd.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, went 3rd 2 out, no impression, weakened flat, 5th of 17, 30l behind Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Compton Blue 3-1 (11-12) Held up in last pair, closed after 8th, not fluent next, ridden after 3 out, no impression on winner next, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Piper Hill (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Polisky (FR) 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 6th, mistake 3 out, lost 2nd after 2 out, one pace and no impression flat, 4th of 8, 6l behind Pantxoa (11-5) at Chepstow 3m (3) gd.
Decimus (IRE) 85-40fav (11-11) Keen early, held up in touch on inside, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), headway under pressure on long run between last 2, went 2nd after last, ridden to challenge when not much room flat, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Heavenstown (11-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Phone Home (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd and hit 3 out, no match for winner when blundered next, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Cinevator (11-9) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Apr.
Mister Snowball (FR) 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along before 4 out, stayed on to 3rd soon after last, kept on under pressure flat, 3rd of 17, 2l behind Kitegen (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Oct '12.
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, 14l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Nort fluent 1st, held up in close 5th, left 4th at 2nd, went 3rd 9th, chased winner 14th, led before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 5, 9l behind El Dancer (11-7) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) sft in Mar.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 8th, soon in rear and weakened, tailed off 4 out, last of 7, 42l behind Notarfbad (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.
Captain Sully (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Mid -division, ridden 7th, pulled up last, in a race won by Mrs Peachey (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd, 11 ran.