Benbecula was a useful performer on the level in Ireland and now has his first run over timber for Richard Mitchell since leaving Johnny Murtagh - he's worth a market check. Clubs Are Trumps displayed promise when fourth in a Southwell bumper on debut and should certainly improve with time and a set of hurdles. French winner Madness Light has his first run for Warren Greatrex and is respected whilst Trillerin Minella will be all the better for a latest outing after an absence. Sea Island Pearl is not discounted but the vote goes to GAELIC WARRIOR. A bumper winner in March, he shaped nicely behind Doctor Harper here last time and should improve again.
Absolutely Bygones (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Raced wide in mid-division, went left 5th, weakened before next, 8th of 15, 22l behind Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Benbecula 13-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, 5th 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 5th of 12, 4l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Gowran Park 1m 1f stks 0-85 gd in Sep (flat).
Clubs Are Trumps (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure over 3f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 12, 13l behind No No Romeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Gallic Warrior (FR) 22-1 (10-12) In touch, headway 4 out, effort and every chance next, soon one pace, no impression before 2 out, 4th of 18, 13l behind Doctor Harper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Madness Light (FR) (10-5) won at Nancy(FR) 2m 3f chs std in Jun beating Choukrane (10-1) by 15l, 10 ran.
Neston Grace 10-1 (11-1) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, ridden and struggling 6th, hampered next, soon well behind, 11th of 13, well behind Letemgo (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Sammyman 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 7f out, ridden 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 18, 2l behind Kings Lad (11-4) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Mar '12.
Trillerin Minella (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, led after 2f, headed 7f out, chased leader, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 15, 34l behind Oscarteea (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Sea Island Pearl 10-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, headed and one pace in 3rd when fell next, in a race won by Doctor Harper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs, 18 ran.