Neither Miracle House nor Hit The Switch showed a great deal on their respective chasing debuts and may need more time. Rudigreen is chasing a hat-trick but is now on a career-high mark at the age of 10 and it will be a surprise if there isn't something lower down the weights to beat him. NUMBERCRUNCHER looks a prime candidate as he won by 15 lengths here over 2m4f before finishing a close second over this trip at Stratford off a 7lb higher mark. He seems to be improving and can defy a further 4lb weight rise as Beckhani and Uncle Pelder have both become expensive to follow.
Rudigreen (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Behind, headway 5 out, went 3rd 4 out, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf beating Safe Investment (10-7) by 11l, 8 ran.
Beckhani 15-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 7, 25l behind Green Bank (11-8) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Miracle House (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Always behind, 9th of 10, well behind Ace Fighter Pilot (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f beg chase (4) gf in Jul.
Numbercruncher (IRE) 9-4fav (12-0) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway 7th, chased clear leader (winner) 3 out, closed before last, every chance flat, held close home, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Five Out Of Five (11-4) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Uncle Pelder (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led narrowly before 7th, not fluent 5 out, headed 3 out, soon ridden, one pace approaching 2 out, kept on flat, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Citrus Mark (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Hit The Switch 33-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 9th, 6th of 7, well behind One Term (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Jul.