RIMINI disappointed at Exeter last time, but had gone close when third in soft ground at Fontwell before that. The first two home have both won since and David Rees' charge gets another chance here with Adam Wedge's 5lb claim further helping his cause. Bahr Nothing has been well beaten in a couple of starts since scoring at Uttoxeter in July and today's ground is a worry, but Epee Celeste has claims on last month's placed efforts over longer trips. Kapdor needed 2m5f at Leicester to get his head in front and Wine 'n Dine looks a bigger threat on his fourth over C&D in November.
Rimini (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, left 2nd 4 out, pushed along and tried to close before 3 out, ridden mistake and lost 2nd 2 out, weakened before last, lost modest 3rd towards finish, 4th of 9, 17l behind Azione (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Bahr Nothing (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, hit 6th, headway when not fluent 3 out, no impression when went 3rd 2 out until last, 4th of 9, 21l behind Parc Des Princes (10-10) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Wine 'n Dine 9-4 (10-9) Prominent, ridden 3 out, 4th and beaten approaching 2 out, no extra, 5th of 9, 16l behind Monarch's Way (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Epee Celeste (FR) 6-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Strongbows Legend (11-3) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 12 ran.
Langley 5-4fav (11-3) Tracked leader, led 2nd, blundered and fell 3rd, in a race won by White Diamond (11-7) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov, 6 ran.
Kapdor (FR) 7-4fav (10-8) Made virtually all, strongly pressed from 3 out, ridden and edged left approaching last, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m 4f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Cityar (10-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Acapulco Bay 12-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along to get in behind leaders approaching 3 out, ridden and weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 15, 32l behind Rolanta (10-13) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Lightening Fire (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Mid-division, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 10, 47l behind Mickmacmagoole (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.