TIMPO has been lightly campaigned this time around but is now on a lower mark than when successful at Towcester last season. His last two runs have been at a higher level and he is probably the one to beat in this. Midnight Dove's recent second at Towcester was his best run so far but Top Benefit has had plenty of chances and Hobb's Dream has also become expensive to follow. Von Galen hasn't raced since November but Dimpsy Time won at Wincanton last Sunday and must have every chance of following up under a penalty.
Dimpsy Time 11-4 (10-2) Prominent, mistake 11th, led before 4 out, hard ridden next, strongly challenged approaching last, stayed on strongly, won at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Royal Chatelier (10-11) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Timpo (FR) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 11th, went 4th 13th, outpaced and no impression on leaders 4 out, went 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 10, 24l behind Balinroab (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Castleboy Warrior (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Not fluent, took keen hold, soon well off the pace in last, a fence behind from 8th, went distant 3rd at 13th, well tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Oscargo (10-12) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) gd.
Midnight Dove 15-2 (11-0) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 9th, closed from 3 out, went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, no impression on winner, drifted left flat, one pace, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Doubletoilntrouble (11-12) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Top Benefit (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Held up, mistake 3rd, not fluent 9th, headway after 4 out, 4th and beaten 2 out, 4th of 7, 10l behind Keeverfield (11-5) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Rifleman (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Towards rear, ridden after 7th, never on terms, 8th of 14, well behind Oddjob (11-6) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) Raced wide, always last, ridden and not went left 4 out, beaten when mistake next, last of 3, 16l behind Quartz Du Montceau (10-11) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Presenting Dr T (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Not fluent, soon well off the pace in 3rd, a fence behind from 8th, dropped to distant 4th 13th, well tailed off, last of 4, well behind Oscargo (10-12) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) gd.
Von Galen (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed soon after 3 out, lost 2nd approaching next, 3rd and held when stumbled 2 out, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Avralan (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, ridden in 8th approaching 2 out, kept on one pace without threatening, 6th of 16, 38l behind Fiery Oscar (11-3) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95.