This isn't the strongest of races and JAMESSON has an opportunity to regain the winning thread. Jamie Snowden's eight-year-old ran no sort of race at Newton Abbot last month, but he'd won in taking fashion at Plumpton earlier in the year and is just 5lb higher this afternoon. Le Grand Chene won at Uttoxeter in May on soft ground and he could be a major player if the forecast rainfall arrives. Neither David Evans nor Brendan Powell were able to find the key to Numbercruncher but he managed to win a point-to-point recently and Marc Barber searches for a first winner under Rules. Standing Ovation has been campaigned as a staying hurdler in the past and though still open to improvement over fences, he has been well held on his two previous outings to date.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 8th, blundered and weakened 2 out, 9th of 10, 28l behind Next Oasis (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Numbercruncher (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, in 5th before last, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 17l behind Chilbury Hill (10-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along 12th, outpaced next, ridden before 2 out, kept on, 4th of 10, 9l behind Next Oasis (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Jamesson (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) In rear, weakened from 10th, tailed off 11th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Good Guy (11-4) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun, 13 ran.
Doctor Ric (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Close up, reminders after 5th, lost place before 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Dom Lukka (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jun, 10 ran.
Benozzo Gozzoli 13-2 (10-8) Mid-division, headway after 6th, went 2nd after 3 out until before next, weakened approaching last, 8th of 11, 29l behind Adios Alonso (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Rustic John 11-1 (9-8) In rear, last 8th, behind next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Daneva (11-5) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf, 6 ran.
Harrys Whim 14-1 (10-0) Led, headed 4 out, soon regained lead, headed 2 out, one pace, 4th of 13, 12l behind The Good Guy (11-4) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Formedable (IRE) 200-1 (11-0) Always in rear, tailed off 5 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Bold Chief (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd, 6 ran.