Any Currency won last year's renewal off a 3lb lower mark and has shown little since. STANDING OVATION bids for a hat-trick after scoring over 3m2f here earlier in the month. There should be more to come from David Pipe's charge and he has a fitness advantage over The Clyda Rover, who landed a double at Exeter early in the year. Buck's Bond was still in contention when falling at this track in May and can figure with a clear round while Top Smart has been upped only 3lb for his win at Exeter in April. Savant Bleu and Seven Woods are others to consider off their current marks.
Highland Lodge (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Made most until after 3 out, soon ridden and outpaced, left 3rd briefly when hampered next, weakened last, 6th of 16, 47l behind Back In Focus (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gs in Mar.
Swincombe Rock 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 13th, went 2nd before 3 out, driven before last, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Richard's Sundance (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Brackloon High (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Tracked leader and raced wide, reminders before 3 out, briefly chased winner before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 6, 33l behind So Fine (11-4) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Any Currency (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Slight lead until 3rd, led again approaching 5th, ridden and headed when mistake 4 out, weakened rapidly before 3 out, poor 5th when pulled up approaching 2 out, in a race won by Silver Eagle (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gs in May, 9 ran.
Seven Woods (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 1st, blundered and headed 2nd, tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Green Wizard (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs in May.
Clash Duff (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Always handy, hit 14th, challenged 16th, led next, headed approaching 4 out, led again 3 out, drew clear after next, soon idled, stayed on, won at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar '12 beating Atherstone Hill (10-9) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Savant Bleu (FR) 4-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, went right last, 4th of 7, 7l behind Imperial Circus (11-0) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Top Smart 5-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway to 4th at 11th, went 2nd 4 out, ridden to challenge and led last, stayed on gamely under pressure flat, won at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Apr beating Lamboro Lad (11-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, challenged 15th, led 17th, narrowly headed 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden, no extra in 3rd before last, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Imperial Circus (11-0) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Buck's Bond (FR) 2-1 (11-9) Prominent, led 11th, fell 15th, in a race won by Bold Perk (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in May, 4 ran.
The Clyda Rover (IRE) 4-1fav (10-9) In rear, 15 lengths down 5th from 4 out, ridden and headway 2 out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr beating Global Power (11-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Made all, clear 13th until 4 out, went 4 lengths clear next, not fluent 2 out, reduced lead last, ridden to assert, readily, won at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd beating Tothemoonandback (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.