Everdon Brook won over a longer trip here last month but is 8lb higher now. Tuskar has claims if able to build on a debut second over fences at Newton Abbot while Le Grand Chene won over the larger obstacles in his native France and has been in decent form over timber lately. But ESCARDO would probably have finished ahead of Spring Wine and Joking Aside at Hereford in June had he not fallen and only gave best on the run-in at Fontwell subsequently. The shorter distance here should be in his favour and he gets the nod.
Dancewiththedevil (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Mid-division, in touch when bad mistake 3 out, soon ridden and off the pace, never back on terms and well held from 2 out, 6th of 8, 19l behind Dubawi Phantom (11-9) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Spring Wine (IRE) 28-1 (11-1) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, mistakes 6th and 7th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Millers Reef (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up on outside, hit 1st, headway approaching 8th, hit 10th, led, and jumped right from 4 out, hung left flat, stayed on, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun beating Captain Tidds (10-7) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Tuskar (USA) 5-2 (10-3) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 4 out, jumped right and no impression 2 out, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Blue Hills (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jun.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 5-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, went 3rd from 3 out, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Southway Star (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jun.
Draco Boy 20-1 (10-8) With leader 1st, tracked leaders, challenged 5th, soon led, headed well before 2 out, mistake at hurdle when beginning to weaken, 5th of 9, 32l behind Behtarini (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jun.
Escardo (GER) 16-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, stumbled before 2nd, led approaching 3 out, jumped right 2 out and last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Lajidaal (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jun.
Stafford Charlie 25-1 (11-0) With winner until approaching 7th, soon weakened, 4th of 7, well behind Cuban Piece (10-6) at Hereford 2m 4f cnd/am sll hdl (5) gf in May.
Joking Aside (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 3rd, challenged 4 out, weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Millers Reef (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.