OLD MAGIC had clearly been showing a bit at home prior to last week's Chepstow success as he didn't go off un-backed. Sophie Leech's gelding is probably capable of better still now he's got his head in front and these are a modest bunch. It remains to be seen how much ability Bosamcliff retains while Flame Of Dixie hasn't competed since a better effort at Market Rasen in May, though is lightly-raced. Lean Burn is usually brushed aside without too much of a struggle and the others have very little to recommend them.
Bosamcliff (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 11, 26l behind Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Flame Of Dixie (IRE) 18-1 (11-9) Held up in last, headway after 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, edged left approaching last, stayed on, not pace of leaders towards finish, 4th of 10, 3/4l behind Worth A King's (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Mr Robinson (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place and reminder after 4th, no danger after, 8th of 15, 20l behind Jawhary (11-2) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Oct.
Old Magic (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, led after 1st and soon clear, pushed along from 4 out, stayed on strongly, driven out, won at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Todareistodo (11-1) by 9l, 9 ran.
Celtic Intrigue (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 6th, never back on terms, 5th of 9, 21l behind Parc Des Princes (10-10) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug '11.
Dulcemara (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Got loose before start, in rear, jumped slowly 2nd, went right 3rd, well beaten 8th, tailed off, 8th of 13, 50l behind Coronea Lilly (10-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Jawahal Du Mathan (FR) 25-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance before 3 out, weakened before last, lost 4th place near finish, 5th of 12, 21l behind Look For Love (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Lean Burn (USA) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside, one pace 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 10, 22l behind Sail And Return (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Thomas Bell (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) In touch, joined leaders when jumped left 6th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, behind when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Thoresby (11-2) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gf in Oct, 12 ran.
Naledi 20-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, modest late progress, never in contention, 7th of 17, 35l behind Tresor De Bontee (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.