Sunday City was all out to win at Aintree 12 days ago and may be worth opposing here off a 7lb higher mark, though should again beat fourth Ela Re. PERFECT REWARD beat little of note in a novices' handicap over C&D last time and is 8lb higher now but at least has a bit of scope, which is more than you can say about most of his rivals, and he gets the vote here. Dominican Monk was pulled up when favourite at Stratford on his latest outing, while Riddleofthesands still has a bit to prove over fences and De Luain Gorm has never won off a mark this high. Fighting Chance won at Hereford in April but weakened quickly at Stratford last month and is another high enough in the weights at present.
Sunday City (JPN) 13-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, jumped right and not fluent 2nd, went 2nd 6th, led approaching 4 out, ridden and headed before last, led again flat, held on, won at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating War Party (10-7) by nk, 9 ran.
Fighting Chance (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed 9th, chased leader until weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 42l behind Marley Roca (10-8) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May.
De Luain Gorm (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 13, 33l behind Joker Choker (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gf.
Perfect Reward 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders who went clear from 3rd, closed after 6th, led 8th, jumped right from 4 out, clear fom 3 out, easily, won at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Sadler's Star (10-13) by 22l, 5 ran.
Dominican Monk (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Never travelled or jumped with any fluency in rear, struggling 8th, lost touch and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Marley Roca (10-8) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May, 8 ran.
Ela Re 40-1 (11-5) Led until before 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 9, 22l behind Sunday City (11-4) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Riddleofthesands (IRE) 15-8fav (11-10) Led until blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Gilt Free (11-0) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.