THE SAWYER often comes to hand around this time of year and, though Bob Buckler's 11-year-old is 12lb higher than when successful here 12 months ago, is fancied to give a good account of himself at one of his favourite venues. Breedsbreeze was only beaten half-a-length by Tartak in the re-scheduled Peterborough Chase at Newbury last month and could be well treated on his handicap debut over fences while Piraya improved for the fitting of cheekpieces in the autumn, though finished tailed off in this race in 2010. Pickamus is struggling for form but is gradually being eased toward a more appealing mark and could be a better each-way bet than I'm A Legend, who is upped in class today.
Breedsbreeze (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) In touch towards rear, jumped slowly 7th, went 3rd approaching 4 out, went 2nd when jumped right next, 1 1/2 lenghts down when left in lead 2 out, jumped right last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Tartak (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.
Mahogany Blaze (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, bumped by loose horse 11th, chased leaders 13th, joined leader 3 out, led next, headed after last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Tartak (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs.
Panjo Bere (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Led 2nd until narrowly headed 5th, chased leader until
Edgbriar (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, mistake 11th, ridden 13th, weakened after 3 out, behind when hampered next, 8th of 18, 34l behind Little Josh (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Piraya (FR) 15-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, with leader 4th, led after 6 out, headed approaching last, one pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Mount Oscar (10-11) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
The Sawyer (BEL) 25-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, pushed along approaching 11th, soon weakened, 13th of 18, well behind Little Josh (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Tatenen (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leading pair, went right 14th, no chance with leading duo next, tailed off, 3rd of 4, 41l behind Pride Of Dulcote (11-4) at Newbury 3m grad ch (2) gs in Dec.
Pickamus (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Led, fell 11th, in a race won by Tartak (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs, 15 ran.
Minella Theatre (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led after 1st, took keen hold, headed 4th, led again 5th, headed approaching 7th, chased leaders, weakened 4 out, 9th of 15, well behind Mount Oscar (10-11) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Soulard (USA) 10-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway on outer to tracked leaders approaching 4th, in 4th and held when blundered 2 out, lost 4th place after last, 5th of 9, 34l behind Neptune Equester (10-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Oct.
I'm A Legend 7-1 (9-13) Mid-division in touch, headway 5 out, soon chased winner, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Fistral Beach (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft.