This trip has proved beyond The Chazer in the past while Kack Handed has gone up a further 4lb since going down narrowly at Ffos Las. Enfant Du Lune didn't jump very well on his chasing debut here last month while the luckless Nataani is also blinkered for the first time after yet another second at Stratford. Hunter chaser Rowdy Rampage is 10lb higher than when winning a handicap here last August but Schumpters Lad is starting to look well handicapped and preferred to veteran Battlecry. O'CALLAGHAN STRAND has taken really well to fences and survived a rough race to score at Huntingdon last month. Providing he handles the easier surface, the six-year-old may be improving quickly enough to complete the hat-trick.
The Chazer (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) In touch in 4th, went 3rd 8th, one pace and no chance from 4 out, 3rd of 8, 36l behind Marodima (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in May.
Enfant De Lune (FR) 11-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 2nd, challenged 7th, led 9th, not fluent 3 out, soon headed, weakened approaching last, 5th of 10, 27l behind Top Smart (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 6-5fav (12-1) Held up, closed 6th, challenging when jumped slightly left and bumped last, soon led, ridden out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May beating Gee Dee Nen (11-3) by nk, 8 ran.
Health Is Wealth (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 13, 34l behind Spock (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Rowdy Rampage (IRE) 10-3 (11-1) Towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 11, 13l behind Oslot (10-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hunt chs (6) gd.
Kack Handed 5-1 (11-12) Led, jumped right at times, ridden when not fluent 3 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Point Blank (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Nataani (IRE) 5-2 (10-13) Prominent, left in lead after 11th, headed before last, faded flat, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Pilgrims Lane (11-8) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Battlecry 9-1 (9-11) Tracked winner, in 5th and looking one pace when blundered badly 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Garleton (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in May, 10 ran.
Schumpters Lad (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Settled in rear, not fluent 4th, slow 8th, headway 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 17l behind Nobunaga (10-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.