Cap Elorn was much-improved last time to put it mildly when finally finding some form for Lawney Hill after joining the yard over a year ago from Paul Nicholls. Hill is adept at improving horses moving in from other yards and Cap Elorn may well follow-up having discovered the winning habit. However, he concedes plenty of weight to many of these and the consistent if limited MAD PROFESSOR is preferred in receipt of nearly two stone, despite being 3lb out of the handicap. He was a solid second at Southwell last time and, whilst there's unlikely to be any improvement in him, he knows how to run his race. Darnborough was behind the selection at Southwell but he gets 22lb from Cap Elorn and could well have more to offer over fences for Tom Symonds off a mark of 78 in first-time blinkers.
Stormy Oscar (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent, took keen hold, carried left and bumped 1st, carried left again next, lost place approaching 3 out, 7th of 8, 27l behind Bay Central (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Quarton (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, mistake 8th and 3 out, no extra next, 5th of 8, 13l behind Bay Central (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Cap Elorn (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Prominent, challenged 3rd, led next, headed 6th, led again 8th, mistake last, driven out, won at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf beating Louis Ludwig (10-7) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Umustbejoking (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, some headway 3 out, no impression, well beaten next, 6th of 13, 24l behind My Lord (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Crescent Beach (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led until 4th, led 6th, headed 8th, weakening when fell 4 out, in a race won by Cap Elorn (11-4) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf, 7 ran.
Darnborough (IRE) 11-4fav (10-8) Behind, blundered 3rd, headway to chase winner after 6th, jumped right final circuit, pushed along and struggling before 3 out, mistake 3 out, lost 2nd before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Alba King (10-8) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Mad Professor (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Held up, headway 7th, chased leading pair 8th, went 2nd after 3 out, flattered by proximity to heavily eased winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Alba King (10-8) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Tulla Emerald (IRE) 80-1 (9-12) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 9th, headway before 11th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Chandlers Cross (10-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf, 9 ran.
Stafford Charlie 12-1 (9-7) In rear, pushed along 4th, never a factor, 4th of 6, 22l behind Chilbury Hill (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf.