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A real humdinger of a finish as AL FEROF had to pull out all the stops to see off For Non Stop after the final fence. Paul Nicholls' grey appears to love jumping a fence, and despite being settled in midfield early, his fluent fencing took him closer to the pace all the time. He seemed a tad guessy at the middle Railway Fence but that's just being a bit petty, and all in all his jumping was great. Ruby Walsh kicked him several lengths clear turning for home but it became apparent that For Non Stop was tracking him through seemingly travelling as strongly. Al Ferof put in two swift jumps up the straight but was almost joined at the last, however he didn't shirk the fight and the grey (who stays well) continued to find more for pressure and in truth probably had things in hand at the line (seemed to idle a bit), despite just a neck separating the pair. His jumping is so good that the Arkle looks the perfect race for the Supreme Novices' winner, although given his stamina reserves, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him in the new Jewson race. Looking more short-term, connections may give him a break, with good ground deemed more suitable. For Non Stop ran a cracker in second, with Noel Fehily giving him a peach of a ride. Fehily has ridden the winner before and seemed keen to delay his challenge until late on. Despite not handling the Railway Fences with aplomb, he put in a fine leap at the last which took him almost alongside the leader. He couldn't get past, but lost nothing in defeat, and seemed to appreciate the drop back to two miles. He's got loads of talent and a race like the Grand Annual would appeal, although he wouldn't want to finish too close to these top horses when thinking of his handicap mark. The front two were miles clear from Lancetto, who ran a fine race from the front but was just outclassed. He in turn was clear of the rest and is certainly not one to take on when his sights are lowered on quicker ground. Eradicate doesn't look a natural over fences, and a bad mistake three out curtailed any minor chance he still held at the time, whilst Lidar was outpaced before the home turn but didn't run badly and looks like making up into a better chaser than he was a hurdler. Ultimate and Megastar found things too tough from a relatively early stage.