Alan Hill produced the useful Harbour Court, who runs in the next, to win this last year and SHARP SUIT can follow suit. He showed promise in hurdles but has really come into his own since starting out on the point-to-point circuit and is unbeaten in four starts. Alskamatic looks the danger on his victory in a novices' hunter chase at Exeter earlier this month as Blazing Whale was beaten in a maiden at Leicester on his latest start under Rules. Squirrel Esquire tackles regulation fences for the first time but is less exposed than most of others and could sneak into the frame.
Alskamatic 14-1 (11-5) Awkwardly away, soon tracked leader, led 4th, made most after, joined 11th, not fluent 4 out and again next, ridden before 2 out, stayed on gamely flat, won at Exeter 3m nov hts chs (6) gd beating Chosen Milan (11-0) by 5l, 9 ran.
Blazing Whale 3-1 (12-0) Held up; eff 3 out; led nxt; stayed on wl, won at East Cornwall 3m ptp gs in Mar beating Wee Fly (11-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Hudson Gunner (IRE) 11-10 (12-0) (cp) (tt) chsd ldrs; led 12-14 & 4 out til hdd 2 out; kpt on, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Squinch (12-0) at Clifton-on-dunsmore 3m ptp.
Lucky Lane (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Lost tch 12; to, 4th of 5, 36l behind Dawn Display (12-0) at Ashford Valley Tickham 3m ptp fm.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 8-13 (12-3) Hdwy 11; led 2 out; easy, won at North Warwickshire Hunt Club 3m ptp gd beating One Wish (12-0) by 15l, 7 ran.
Smugglers' Run (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Hdwy 11; lft in ld 15; held on wl flat, won at North Cotswold 3m ptp gd beating Karasakal (12-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Squirrel Esquire 5-4 (12-0) Held up last; rap hdwy 3 out; chsd wnr app nxt; no imp, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Evening Echo (12-5) at Penshurst 3m ptp.
Third Of The Third 10-1 (12-0) Held up; jnd ldr 4 out; ev ch 2 out; one pce, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Executive Benefit (11-7) at North Staffordshire 3m ptp gf.
Turtle Boys (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Held up; eff up 4 out; wknd app 2 out, 4th of 6, 21l behind Posh Totty (11-7) at Taunton Vale Harriers and Foxhou 3m ptp.
Whiteabbey (IRE) 2-1 (12-5) Ap; led aft 14; ro wl, won at Morpeth 3m ptp gs beating True Thomas (12-5) by 4l, 9 ran.
Count Your Change (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) (bl) led til hdd 3; wknd 14; to, 2nd of 3, dis behind Hincheslea Moor (12-0) at South & West Wilts 3m ptp fm.