Ballabrook made all to win twice over fences before running below his best at Kelso last time when not able to dominate. He's not certain to do so here either with PIN D'ESTRUVAL in the field. Matt Sheppard's charge fell prey to some careless jumping on his first two starts for his current yard but went close over C&D last month when putting in a clear round. That should have boosted his confidence and he gets the vote. Sadler's Star and Perfect Reward have shown little so far over fences and Dean's Grange is making his chasing debut.
Perfect Reward 17-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 2nd, blundered 4th, headway 8th, blundered 3 out, weakened next, lost 3rd approaching last, 4th of 6, 33l behind That'll Do (10-12) at Stratford 2m 4f nov chs (3) gf in May.
Dean's Grange 10-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 13, 42l behind King Brex (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Ballabrook (IRE) 5-2fav (11-11) Led until after 4th, chased leader until after 7th, ridden next, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 31l behind Peachey Moment (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Pin D'Estruval (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Led until after 3rd, led 5th, not fluent 3 out, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Sky Calling (10-12) at Worcester 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Sadler's Star (GER) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, mistake 7th, ridden and lost touch from next, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Trooper Clarence (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in May.