State Benefit displayed a willing attitude to get the better of Iron Chancellor on his debut over hurdles at Ffos Las. The Beneficial gelding looks a decent prospect but is arguably going to do even better when he tackles fences and may struggle to give 7lb here to JOIN TOGETHER. Fancied for an abandoned Grade 2 contest at Doncaster on Saturday, Paul Nicholls' six-year-old faces a more straightforward task here and is the one to beat on his close second to Mossley at Cheltenham in December. Super Villan has been running well over this trip in similar company and should reward each-way support again but it's difficult to envisage Ffos Las winner King Of Dubai following up under a penalty and more progressive is the lightly-raced Power Lord.
King of Dubai 66-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, led approaching 3 out, clear before last, eased flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating Top Benefit (11-5) by 4l, 10 ran.
State Benefit (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Prominent, led 3rd, ridden approaching 2 out, strongly challengedfrom last, just held on, all out (no official time taken due to poor visiability), won at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Iron Chancellor (10-12) by ns, 16 ran.
City Well 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden 2nd, behind next, 6th of 11, 39l behind Minella For Food (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nov sell hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Join Together (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, effort 2 out, soon driven and outpaced, ridden approaching last, challenged and every chance after last, kept on until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Mossley (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Dec.
Oscar The Myth (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Mistake 3rd, never travelled and always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Accordintolawrence (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Otter Mist 100-1 (10-7) In touch, pushed along after 6th, weakened 4 out, 8th of 16, 37l behind Filbert (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Power Lord (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on to go 3rd last, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Badgers Cove (11-5) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Rathconrath (FR) 100-1 (11-0) In touch, mistake 2nd, ridden after 7th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Minella Stars (11-0) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Russian Song (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent and niggled along 3rd, struggling 3 out, some late headway, never dangerous, 8th of 16, 22l behind Minnie Hill (10-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Jan.
Ruttan Lake (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) In rear, mistake 1st, some headway before 10th, soon beaten, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Gemini Storm (10-6) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (4) hvy in Apr, 10 ran.
Super Villan 11-1 (11-0) Led to 1st, tracked leader, led again before 6th, ridden and headed last, no extra flat, 2nd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Global Power (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.