Brandon Thomas was only third off his new mark at Huntingdon after beating Sablazo and Enchanting Smile at Plumpton. Hector's House dumped Robbie Dunne on the turf when favourite at Towcester last month while it's almost two years since Jeanry last ran over fences and Mister Wiseman has had a break since pulled up at Plumpton in December. THE INFORMANT looked a lost cause prior to winning at Southwell and is 6lb higher here. But perhaps connections have now found his best trip and, with Kevin Jones claiming 7lb, a follow-up looks likely.
Jeanry (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Close up, led before 4 out, headed 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Brave Buck (12-2) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Mister Wiseman 9-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, mistakes 2nd and 4th, lost place 5 out, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Doheny Bar (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Ashcott Boy 50-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 4th, not fluent and lost place 5th, closed 6th, not fluent when challenging 8th, led 9th, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Buywise (11-11) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 50-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders approaching 5th, went right 3 out (normal 4 out), headed next, chased leader, ridden bypassing omitted 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd at the last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Brandon Thomas (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Brandon Thomas (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, jumped slowly 1st, not fluent 5th, 3rd and ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Browns Brook (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Zen Factor 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders until mistake lost place and in rear 3rd, ridden and struggling before 5th, tailed off and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Brandon Thomas (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
The Informant 7-1 (10-7) Led to 2nd, remained close up, pushed along before 7th, led 5 out, headed 3 out, ridden before 2 out, rallied before last, led run-in, kept on gamely, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Decent Lord (10-11) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Beauchamp Viking 16-1 (10-8) In touch in 4th, headway 8th, went 3rd before last, one pace, 4th of 7, 27l behind Freckle Face (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Sablazo (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Led until 3rd, chased leaders, led again 3 out (normal 4 out), ridden along bypassing ommited 2 out, headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Brandon Thomas (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Ilewin Kim 17-2 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway 11th, disputing 5th when mistake and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by River Purple (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Hector's House 11-4fav (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden before 3 out, well held when badly hampered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Freckle Face (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.