MOLOTOF was unfancied for the Jewsons Novices' Chase at Cheltenham and ran accordingly but was only beaten a length by Grandioso in a Grade 2 at Kempton before that. Clear at the weights on today's terms, he's the one to beat on that form. Kingsmere has lost his way since landing a double last summer but Well Regarded has found only Hildisvini too good on his last couple of starts and should be in the mix. Polisky has been taking on the likes of Overturn and Sire De Grugy and will find this easier, but Pantxoa is still feeling his way over fences and needs to improve to figure.
Kingsmere 13-2 (11-8) Held up in last trio, good headway to chase leaders 9th, mistake and reminder next, soon towards rear, headway again 13th, ridden in 5th and well held when blundered badly again 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Brackloon High (10-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Jan, 9 ran.
Molotof (FR) 25-1 (11-4) With winner, hit 3rd, mistake and lost place 4 out, ridden after next, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 13, 30l behind Benefficient (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gs in Mar.
Carbis Bay 20-1 (10-7) In rear, struggling when mistake 7th, pulled up before last, in a race won by I Know The Code (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.
Pantxoa (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, blundered
Polisky (FR) 8-1 (10-8) Tracked leadng pair, went 2nd 3rd until 6th, went 2nd again 8th until 3 out, stayed disputing 2nd until no extra last, kept on same pace and never any chance with inmpressive winner, 3rd of 4, 16l behind Overturn (11-1) at Sandown 2m beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) In touch on inside, outpaced 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before next, tailed off, 14th of 19, well behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan '12.
Victor Leudorum (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened and tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan, 18 ran.
Well Regarded (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Prominent, led after 7th, headed approaching 10th, every chanc when hit 2 out, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Hildisvini (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Nov.