Savant Bleu was allowed to start at surprisingly generous odds for an amateur riders' race at Wincanton last time considering he'd gone very close in a competitive handicap at Newbury previously. The handicapper may not have caught up yet and Kim Bailey's eight-year-old is a leading player in this. Galway Jack is on a hat-trick after wins at Southwell and Newcastle but taking on better opposition now. Harry The Viking was fancied for the Grimthorpe at Doncaster last time but soon beaten and was pulled up - he's become disappointing. This looks to be BALLYOLIVER's time of year, as he showed when scoring at Carlisle last month. A 6lb rise is probably fair so he gets the nod.
Grandads Horse 7-1 (11-2) Sometimes jumped right, led, hit 5th and 10th, headed 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Pepite Rose (11-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Mar.
Galway Jack (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Led until after 9th, led again next, not fluent 2 out, ridden out, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar beating Badger Foot (10-1) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, not fluent 13th, making steady headway on outside when blundered and stumbled badly 17th, rallied to chase leaders before 3 out, lost 3rd 2 out, soon driven and weakened, 6th of 8, 39l behind Chartreux (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Ballyoliver 8-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, went 3rd from 7th, led 2 out, headed narrowly last, regained lead run-in, driven out, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar beating Markadam (10-6) by 3l, 8 ran.
Harry The Viking 5-1fav (10-5) Chased leaders, lost place 4th, struggling 11th, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Savant Bleu (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, challened before 3 out, kept on to lead close home, won at Wincanton 3m 1f am chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Benedictus (11-9) by nk, 10 ran.
Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, weakened after 11th, left poor 4th 2 out, 4th of 8, 31l behind Beforeall (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy.