Only five runners in this opener but it's still a very tricky start for punters. Highway Code may well be the outsider as he's still a maiden over fences, though is potentially well treated on his hurdles form. Forever My Friend was easily brushed aside by Fairwood Massini at Ffos Las last week and is taking on better opposition now while dual course and distance winner Whistling Senator is another upped in class in search of a hat-trick. Papradon is now on a career-high mark and still capable of throwing in the odd stinker so we'll take the novice VICTOR LEUDORUM to continue his upward curve by defying top weight. He did well to get the better of the odds-on Captain Kelly here last time having chased home the useful Twirling Magnet at Bangor earlier.
Victor Leudorum (IRE) 6-4 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, effort 3 out, edged right between last 2, led last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd beating Captain Kelly (11-5) by 3l, 7 ran.
Papradon 12-1 (11-8) Made all, ridden after 3 out, 2 lengths ahead when left well clear last, eased towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating Duneen Point (11-0) by 10l, 5 ran.
Highway Code (USA) 7-4 (11-1) Led and set fast pace, blundered 7th, headed before 4 out, beaten after next, 2nd of 6, 35l behind Changing The Guard (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) gf in Jul.
Forever My Friend (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, took closer order 5 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, stayed on same pace, approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Fairwood Massini (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Whistling Senator (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 14th, went 2nd before 3 out, led flat, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul beating Brough Academy (11-8) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.