Robbie Hennessy sent Hero De Villeneuve over to this track to get off the mark at the start of the month and a follow-up isn't out of the question off a 7lb higher mark. But O'CALLAGHAN STRAND hinted that a revival may be imminent at Southwell last time and A P McCoy is back on board today. Jonjo O'Neill's charge is back on a winning mark and the drying ground is very much in his favour. Handsome Harry has a long absence to overcome and most of the others have their quirks, including Polarbrook ,who was never travelling at Towcester last time.
Thinger Licht (FR) 15-8 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 6, 17l behind Galiotto (10-12) at Towcester 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd.
Polarbrook (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, bumped slightly 5th, not fluent 7th, mistake next, well behind from 10th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Freckle Face (11-5) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 14-1 (10-11) In rear, ridden 4 out, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 27l behind Ice 'n' Easy (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Nikos Extra (FR) 5-4 (12-0) (cp) ref to race, in a race won by Just Gizmo (12-0) at Bitterley 3m ptp in Apr, 7 ran.
Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 8-1 (10-10) In touch in rear, headway when hit 4 out, carried head high approaching last, led last, edged left, ridden and ran on, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Sure Thing (11-4) by 5l, 7 ran.
Handsome Harry (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased winner before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Hunters Lodge (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep '12.
Duaiseoir (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden and lost place 2 out, soon no chance with front pair, weakened and lost remote 3rd flat, 4th of 6, 34l behind Phone Home (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Allerton (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Reluctant to post, always in rear, struggling from 7th, lost touch and pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Midnight Lira (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Blazing Desert 7-1 (10-12) Made most until before 6th, weakened quickly and pulled up before next, in a race won by Rocky Stone (11-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 10 ran.