Get It On was always travelling well when coming right away from his rivals at Chepstow on Saturday. A 7lb penalty shouldn't be too much of a problem but a second race within three days on very soft ground may tax his stamina reserves and he has to give almost a stone to ROYAL RIVIERA. The latter, who is improving over fences and was just denied at Kelso 10 days ago, gets the nod as Hodgson has been struggling since winning over course and distance in June on much faster going and was well behind Qoubilai at Perth in July. Brousse En Feux may be aiming too high here.
Qoubilai (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Led, mistake 3 out, soon headed, no extra last, 4th of 8, 9l behind Hi Tide (11-2) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Get It On (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd at 7th, blundered 11th, travelling well and went 2nd 5 out, challenged next, led 2 out, soon clear, heavily eased run-in, won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft beating Ballinvarrig (11-11) by 35l, 6 ran.
Hodgson (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Prominent, outpaced in 4th after 4 out, plugged on to take moderate 3rd after 3 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 9, 33l behind Little Chip (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Royal Riviera 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, ridden and every chance last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Sendiym (10-10) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Brousse En Feux (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Tracked winner until before 3 out, weakened after last, 4th of 8, 12l behind Bennys Well (9-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft.