MAXI CHOP was pulled-up over these obstacles when last at the track but that may have come too soon after a placed effort at Taunton. He's taken to return a stronger animal and is just preferred to Chemistry Master. The latter won a maiden hurdle over track and trip in March and has a conditional's 10lb allowance helping his cause on his reappearance. Ludlow winner Beside The Fire is likely to be winning again this season but this is a big step up in class for Theatrelands, raised 8lb for his recent Towcester success. Looking Hopeful went backwards after going close at Plumpton last year but is not easily dismissed on his return.
Chemistry Master 11-1 (11-4) In touch, outpaced 4 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 6th of 15, 31l behind Bygones Sovereign (10-4) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Maxi Chop (FR) 7-2fav (11-3) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before 2 out and pulled up, in a race won by Jumps Road (11-0) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.
Beside The Fire 40-1 (10-3) In touch, headway 6th, ridden next, plugged on, 4th of 11, 10l behind Fox Appeal (11-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Soliwery (FR) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division on outside, headway after 4 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 15, 25l behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd.
Sleeping City (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 6th, pressing for 2nd 2 out, no impression on leaders, 4th and no extra when fell last, in a race won by Oyster Shell (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in May, 15 ran.
Ladies Dancing 25-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, headway approaching 3 out, soon one pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 22l behind Staigue Fort (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Umberto D'olivate (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Notarfbad (11-11) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Apr.
Ultravox (USA) 7-2 (11-12) Held up, outpaced from 8th, never on terms, 5th of 6, 18l behind Simarian (12-3) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Aug '12.
Looking Hopeful (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Chased clear leader, challenged 5th, lost 2nd and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 16, 33l behind Honour System (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Theatrelands 5-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, led narrowly before 2 out, soon left clear, won at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Knockgraffon Lad (11-10) by 5l, 8 ran.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 11-1 (11-9) Held up well in rear, steady headway 4 out, stayed on under pressure to 5th before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Nicky Nutjob (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Aug, 6 ran.
Bold Cuffs 7-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, steady headway approaching 6th, driven and went 3rd before last, kept on same pace and no impression, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Cruising Bye (10-6) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Khazium (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 4th, last and ridden after next, lost touch before 6th, 5th of 6, well behind Ajman (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m 4f sell (5) gd in Aug.