WHAT A SCIENTIST made all the running when providing Nigel Twiston-Davies with another winner at Newton Abbot earlier this month and he can defy the 7lb rise in the weights for that success and follow up here with the main danger rated as Thelobstercatcher. Peter Bowen's gelding reverts to hurdles having fallen in two of his last three starts over fences and could be of interest off what looks a fair mark. Haldibari has been well held in three starts since showing decent form in May and may now be a shade high in the weights, while Jonjo O'Neill's Team Allstar has given little sign of encouragement in recent starts. Stable companion, Englishtown, has been similarly well held of late and of more interest may be Tim Vaughan's Wild Side Of Life, who is surely better than he showed when pulled up at Fakenham when last seen in November and represents a stable that is doing well at present.
Thelobstercatcher 11-4 (11-2) With leader, fell 3rd, in a race won by To Arms (11-2) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (4) gf, 6 ran.
What A Scientist (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Made all, ridden clear after 4 out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Dunkelly Castle (11-3) by 3l, 10 ran.
Inghwung 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 25l behind Barnhill Brownie (10-9) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Englishtown (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, headway 7th, mistake 9th, soon ridden, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 8, 44l behind Barnhill Brownie (10-11) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jul.
Wild Side Of Life (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Raced keenly in touch, led 2nd to after 4th, lost place next, soon eased, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Pipe Banner (11-0) at Fakenham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Haldibari (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Led, pressed 8th, headed before 3 out, 3rd and no impression when not fluent next, ridden and edged left between last 2, soon lost place, weakened flat, 7th of 10, 26l behind Barnhill Brownie (10-9) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Manadam (FR) 13-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden 10th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 10, 27l behind Cannon Fire (11-2) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) gd.
Daurica 12-1 (11-7) Held up in rear on outside, headway approaching 4th, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Ripalong Lad (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Team Allstar (IRE) 40-1 (11-8) Mid-division, outpaced 13th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Rifleman (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd, 13 ran.