Factotum continues to disappoint, despite heading the weights, while Clever Dick is thrust straight into handicap company for his chasing bow by David Pipe. He's always looked a chaser in the making and may well be good enough but he's hard to evaluate having yet to jump a fence in public, though Paddy Brennan is an interesting jocey booking. Jacko's Boy has plenty of chasing experience but might need this first run since November and JOLIBOB is a hopeful alternative. His best effort over fences came last time when third in a modest Fontwell contest at this trip and he could improve on that off this lowly weight if ridden with a little more restraint. Kirbys Glen also has place claims.
Factotum 9-2 (11-11) Held up, ridden approaching 4th, weakened next, 6th of 7, 30l behind Keep Talking (11-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Dec.
Clever Dick (IRE) 5-2 (11-11) Held up in touch on inner, mistake 3 out, in 3rd and ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 27l behind Royal Entourage (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Kiama 18-1 (11-3) Towards rear, outpaced 13th, headway before 3 out to chase leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 12l behind Like Ice (11-6) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Sams Lad (IRE) 66-1 (12-0) (cp) (tt) prom til outpcd 3 out; rallied app last; ro flat, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Allerford Jack (12-3) at Stafford Cross 3m ptp fm in May.
Jacko's Boy 12-1 (10-2) Chased leader, hit 10th, soon lost 2nd, mistake and weakened next, no chance when mistake 2 out, 5th of 11, 12l behind Lexicon Lad (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Kirbys Glen (IRE) 10-3 (10-7) Held up towards rear, behind from 5th, lost place from 6th, tailed off, 4th of 6, 37l behind Beside The Fire (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in May.
Ohms Law 25-1 (9-13) In rear, headway to track leaders 4th, tracked leader 5th until ridden 4 out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 7, 15l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in May.
Shindig 100-1 (10-8) Always behind, tailed off from 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Well Green (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in May.
Captain Tidds (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up in last pair, headway approaching 14th, chased leaders 3 out, weakened after next, 6th of 8, 21l behind The Clyda Rover (10-2) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in May.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Mid-division on outside, headway 4th, every chance when blundered and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Kap West (10-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 10 ran.
Jolibob (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Led, not fluent and headed 11th, challenged 2 out, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Delgany Gunner (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Ortega (FR) 100-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 6th, soon in rear, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Trojan Sun (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr, 13 ran.