RICK had no answer to the late surge of No Planning over a shorter trip at Hexham but that wasn't a bad first run over fences from John Ferguson's eight-year-old. The extra quarter-mile here will suit and he can go one better today though Lets Get Serious is very interesting now tackling the larger obstacles and has more scope than stablemate Vosges, who has been placed five times in eight previous runs over fences but isn't getting any closer to that elusive first success. Mr Supreme is another who could thrive now going over fences and he's already run well over hurdles this month but Jack The Gent is probably best watched after an extended spell on the sidelines, though he has won over hurdles here and has the size to make a chaser.
Accessallareas (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pecked 12th, not fluent 14th, 3rd and driven along when rider dropped whip well before last, jumped right at fence, weakened flat, 5th of 6, 16l behind Oscar The Myth (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m nov hts chs (6) gd in May.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind It's A Gimme (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led, headed before 3 out, no chance with winner next, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Red Merlin (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr '11.
Lets Get Serious (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, ridden 6th, behind 8th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Alpha Victor (10-8) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May, 20 ran.
Mr Supreme (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Held up in 5th, not fluent 4th, went 4th 3 out, closing when mistake 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Star In Flight (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Rick (FR) 5-4fav (11-3) Led to 2nd, ridden to lead flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind No Planning (11-3) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Oct.
Vosges (FR) 9-2 (11-1) Chased winner until after 4th, chased leaders until weakened soon after 8th, tailed off, last of 6, 37l behind Kie (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gd.