Gina Andrews could get a tune out of Island Life and he might run a big race at a price. Ockey de Neuillac keeps defying his years and past form brings Cottage Acre into the equation. Stonethrower won a handicap at Ludlow last time and has to go on the short-list, though it remains to be seen if he's fully recovered from his injury problems. ROCKITEER also has some pretty solid form and seems oblivious to distance and the state of the ground. Jane Williams has struck up a good understanding with the 11-year-old and he looks the one to beat. Cottage Oak and Invisible Man may be the best of the rest over this trip.
Benedictus (IRE) 5-2fav (11-13) Held up, waited with until headway on outside 2 out, ridden, edged right and ran flat, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Siro Demur (11-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd.
Cottage Oak (IRE) 2-9 (11-0) Made all; qcknd clr 2 out; easy, won at North Staffordshire 3m ptp gf beating History Master (11-0) by 12l, 2 ran.
Ockey De Neulliac (FR) Evens (11-0) Made all; qcknd clr 13; unchall, won at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gf beating Marfleet (11-0) by 30l, 9 ran.
Rockiteer (IRE) 9-4fav (11-13) Led after 1st, narrowly headed 14th until led again next, came clear 3 out, easily, won at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gd beating Foundry Square (11-9) by 5l, 6 ran.
Stonethrower (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Led until 2nd, chased leader until before 5th, chased leaders, led after 13th, blundered 2 out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating Divine Intavention (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
King Of Alcatraz (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent until mistake and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Siro Demur (11-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd, 12 ran.
Presentandcorrect (IRE) 9-4 (12-7) Led to 5; led 3 out; easy, won at Old Berkshire 3m ptp gf beating Lurgan (12-0) by 20l, 7 ran.
What A Laugh 2-5 (11-0) Held up; went 2nd 16; led last; all out, won at South Notts 3m ptp gf beating Sagalyrique (11-0) by nk, 3 ran.
Cottage Acre (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Held up; hdwy 15; str run flat; led final 75yds, won at Lamerton 3m ptp gs in Mar beating Tugboat (12-7) by 2l, 10 ran.
Invisible Man (FR) (11-4) (tt) held up; hdwy 13; led app 2 out; ro wl, won at Bitterley 3m ptp beating Universal Soldier (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Island Life (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 11th, driven and headed after 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost place and blundered last, 4th of 6, 11l behind King Fontaine (11-11) at Bangor 3m hts chs (6) gs.
Maurisca (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, hit 3rd, went 2nd 11th, not fluent 12th or 13th, mistake 5 out, not fluent 3 out, soon beaten, well held from 2 out, weakened into 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 28l behind Paint The Clouds (11-12) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
The Donserelli 20-1 (12-0) W ldrs til outpcd 3 out, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Bradley Brook (12-0) at Upcott Cross 3m ptp.
Woodlark Island (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Ap; led 14 til fell 4 out, in a race won by Noble Ben (12-0) at Andoversford 3m ptp, 9 ran.