Rate Of Knots has produced her best efforts when the emphasis has been placed on stamina and she must be worth a try over this trip on good ground. Maraafeq became disappointing after winning at Ludlow last season, though is potentially well treated, while Double The Trouble has paid the price for wins at Leicester and Southwell in March. King Ozzy is better than he showed at Newton Abbot last month but RESTEZEN D'ARMOR would probably still have beaten Macauley at Bangor on his reappearance had that rival not unseated his rider and appears a reformed character. With his yard still in cracking form, he should prove hard to beat again.
Quo Video (FR) 33-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 7th, weakened before 4 out, 12th of 16, well behind Benny Be Good (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Restezen D'armor (FR) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden after 4 out, headway under pressure after next, left 2nd when hampered 2 out, led between last 2, stayed on flat, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep beating Saddlers Deal (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Double The Trouble 3-1fav (11-1) Held up, headway 8th, chased winner breifly when hit 4 out, kept on same pace from next, retook 2nd flat, no impression, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Down The Stretch (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
King Ozzy (IRE) 11-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, one pace last, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Sweet World (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Maraafeq (USA) 14-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, lost place approaching 6th, soon behind, pulled up after 10th, in a race won by Stoney's Treasure (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Rate of Knots (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, headway to 4th at 16th, went 3rd next, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace before next, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Victory Gunner (10-10) at Folkestone 3m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Quel Bruere (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, lost place 4th, in rear when mistake 11th, soon beaten, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rateable Value (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.