The Grey One is starting to run out of excuses and Louis Ludwig continues to be let down by his jumping, though is well treated on his hurdles form. Veteran Good Old Days is on a decent mark nowadays but that's because he's not the force of old, while former pointer Captain Knock has struggled in handicaps. Winning hurdler OSMOSIA makes her debut over the larger obstacles but her dam won over fences in France and Chris Gordon's mare could be worth the risk against disappointing opposition.
Osmosia (FR) 5-1fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, challenged next, led last, headed flat, no extra close home, 4th of 14, 4l behind Bolanderi (10-2) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Good Old Days (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Led, not fluent and headed 1st, tened to race wide, tracked winner, led 9th, soon headed, ridden after 3 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 20l behind Golden Dream (11-2) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Louis Ludwig (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway when mistake and unseated rider 12th, in a race won by Crystal Prince (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Captain Knock (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Chased leader, led narrowly 6th until next, chased leaders, outpaced in 4th at 10th, blundered and weakened 4 out, 5th of 8, 37l behind Tae Kwon Do (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep.
The Grey One (IRE) 11-1 (9-13) Jumped right, tracked leader, hit 8th, led after 4 out, headed 2 out, clear 2nd when weakened before last, 2nd of 4, 17l behind Fine Lace (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Lethal Gun (IRE) 50-1 (9-10) Jumped badly right, led until 1st, led after next until 3rd, not fluent 4th, soon led again, headed 5th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by King Benny (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep, 6 ran.