Glen Countess has been placed in four of her six starts over the larger obstacles and has been dropped 3lb since her latest third at Newcastle. She must have some sort of chance but the penny appears to have dropped with BADGERS RETREAT and, though he's been raised 7lb since scoring at Market Rasen, the top weight can complete the hat-trick. Salut Honore appears to have two ways of running and Peak Seasons is probably a few pounds too high in the weights now while Jive Master, Against The Wind and Novikov are all best watched at present.
Badgers Retreat 3-1 (11-0) In touch in 4th, headway 8th, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged last, led run-in, kept on, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Nomadic Dreamer (11-7) by 2l, 6 ran.
Jive Master (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, well behind Marie Des Anges (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Against The Wind 13-2 (11-9) In touch in mid-division on outside, lost place before 6th, ridden and no impression in 5th after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 31l behind Prince Tam (10-4) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Novikov 12-1 (10-13) Held up behind in touch, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 6, 40l behind Captain Paulie (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Robyn Rua (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Went left 2nd, always towards rear, 10th of 16, well behind Cherish The Pear (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl sft.
Glen Countess (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Chased leader from 3rd until after 2 out, left 2nd last until no extra near finish, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Papamoa (11-7) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Salut Honore (FR) 7-1 (10-1) Mid-division, headway 6 out to chase leaders, weakened before 5 out, tailed off before 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Victory Gunner (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Mar, 6 ran.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd 10th, pushed along after 4 out, edged right and stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Arrow Barrow (10-6) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.