|1st||Stage Acclaim (IRE)||9/2|
|1||P/1136-2||West With The Wind 34||7||11-12||Paul Moloney||Evan Williams||154||3/1|
|2||122-134||Cootehill (IRE) 11||8||10-10||S Twiston-Davies||N A Twiston-Davies||138||11/8|
|4||42F-U21||Stage Acclaim (IRE) 7||7||10-0 b||T J O'Brien||Dr R D P Newland||122||9/2|
|5||P432-11||Nobunaga 19||7||10-0||Aidan Coleman||Miss V Williams||122||9/4|
|3||F814-77||Trooper Clarence||8||10-4||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge||132|
Aintree runner-up WEST WITH THE WIND is conceding plenty of weight to his four rivals but, with Uttoxeter selling hurdle winner Stage Acclaim and the hat-trick-seeking Nobunaga 6lb out of the handicap proper, may well be up to the task if Paul Moloney can conserve his stamina over this longer trip. Stablemate Trooper Clarence has been largely out of sorts since returning from a break while Cootehill has been found wanting in this grade in the past and is also probably high enough in the weights at present.
West With The Wind 5-1 (11-9) Led, blundered 7th, not fluent 4 out, ridden and headed approaching last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Rio Gael (10-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs (2) gd in May.
Cootehill (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, stayed on to 4th flat, 4th of 17, 13l behind Mumbles Head (10-5) at Perth 3m hcp chs (2) sft.
Trooper Clarence 14-1 (11-3) With leader until approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Solaras Exhibition (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl (2) gs.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, ridden next, ran on well, eased close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd beating King Fingal (11-0) by 12l, 10 ran.
Nobunaga 9-4fav (10-5) Chased leaders, mistake 7th, headway 3 out, soon every chance, led before last, soon clear, ran on well, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating Sunday City (10-11) by 6l, 6 ran.