LANDENSTOWN STAR unshipped his rider when sent off favourite last time but had shaped with promise over fences when runner-up at Hereford before that. Tim Vaughan's charge can make amends in this with a clear round. Royal Mile also disappointed when failing to land the odds at Chepstow last month having won at the same track earlier while Le Grand Chene is yet another proving less than consistent after an off-day at Fontwell last time. Tornant has been placed over hurdles here but has shown little over fences so far.
Bringewood Belle 7-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, reminder after 4th, ridden 5 out, stayed on to go moderate 4th 3 out, never toubled leaders, 4th of 8, 34l behind Lady Willa (11-9) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Feb.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 15-8fav (11-9) Jumped poorly, took keen hold and held up in touch, blundered 1st, hit 7th, blundered badly and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Quartz Du Montceau (10-9) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd, 8 ran.
Tornant (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Held up, not fluent 14th, soon went into 4th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Bounds And Leaps (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 11-2 (10-8) Held up, jumped right and pecked 2nd, mistake next, not fluent 5th, struggling from 7th, 7th of 9, well behind Dorset Naga (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Royal Mile (IRE) 5-6fav (10-5) Held up in rear, took closer order to chase leaders 3rd, mistake 7th, went 3rd next, pushed along 5 out, soon no impression and ridden, no chance when blundered 3 out, soon weakened to 4th, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Desperate Dex (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Verumontanum (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) In rear, never involved, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Boomtown (10-6) at Folkestone 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy, 10 ran.
Turbulance (IRE) 11-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 2nd, outpaced from 12th, jumped slowly and behind next, took remote 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 42l behind Doubletoilntrouble (11-12) at Hereford 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.