LITTLE CHIP was very impressive on his reappearance at Market Rasen, jumping soundly and drawing right away from his rivals in the home straight. He'll be going up more than the 7lb he's penalised here and should take all the beating again. The stamina of Stratford winner Font will face a stern examination over this longer trip and Lawney Hill also runs Baily Storm, who should go well. Rhum won over 3m2f at Wincanton in January and races off the same mark today while Inside Dealer won off a 5lb higher mark last year and his recent second at Newton Abbot suggests he'll be winning again soon. Veteran Eleazar is preferred to Academy General of the others.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Chased leading pair, dropped to 4th at 10th, went 2nd before 16th, ridden before 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, left over 1 length ahead last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Life Of A Luso (11-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Sep.
Rhum (FR) 7-1 (10-13) Led, jumped right and not fluent 2 out, headed flat, driven out, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Raajih (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Sep.
Eleazar (GER) 17-2 (10-8) Tracked leading pair, lost place 13th, soon behind, plugged on to regain moderate 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Strumble Head (10-2) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Little Chip (IRE) 3-1fav (11-6) Mid-division, headway and in touch 5th, led 7th, made rest, stayed on well from 3 out, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep beating O Crotaigh (11-12) by 17l, 9 ran.
Academy General (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up in 4th, not fluent 7th, mistake 9th, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden from next, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Al Alfa (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Baily Storm (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led 1st, clear 6th until 9th, ridden before 2 out, edged right after last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Balinroab (11-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Font 15-8 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 13th until not fluent 4 out, went 2nd again 3 out, led last, wandered flat, driven out, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug beating Qaspal (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Chasers Chance (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) In rear, jumped slow 3rd, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and just held post, 2nd of 7, ns behind Nothingbutthetruth (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Tarraco (FR) 8-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, weakened before 12th, tailed off and pulled up next, in a race won by Jaunty Journey (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in May, 7 ran.