Fiftyonefiftyone looked on the upgrade when landing two chases in the spring for Oliver Sherwood but his form seems to have strangely deserted him subsequently. Kosta Brava has the assistance of the champion jockey but hasn't won for over two years whereas Sergeant Pink has developed into a most capable handicap chaser for Dianne Sayer. He's up to a new mark of 107 but is in fine nick at present and rates the main danger to BYGONES OF BRID. The topweight has to concede 23lb to the Sayer inmate but he's looked a natural over fences the last twice in novice company, winning by 28l and 12l respectively. He was especially impressive the last day when destroying a decent Hexham field and may just have too much class here despite the hefty weight concession.
Bygones of Brid (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked clear leader, led before last, stayed on well to go clear from last, won at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jun beating Twill Stand To Us (10-12) by 12l, 14 ran.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged 7th, hit 4 out, beaten next, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Dineur (10-6) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jun.
Kosta Brava (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 10th, every chance before 3 out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 7l behind Strobe (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Towards rear, blundered 4th, pushed along before 7th, under pressure before 3 out, headway soon after, chased leading pair 2 out, chased leader last, driven and hung right flat, stayed on to lead last strides, won at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating Castlelawn (11-5) by hd, 8 ran.