It took Old Dreams six attempts to get off the mark over fences but she was quite impressive in a handicap at Plumpton. Others in this have more scope, however, with Nicky Henderson persisting with Kings Lodge over the larger obstacles. He's eased in grade and Ski Sunday has been placed in three of his four runs so far in chases. Bracken House carries a penalty for his victory at Cartmel and more interesting is VIRGINIA ASH. A real stayer, he was thought good enough to run at the Cheltenham Festival in March and should thrive now tackling fences.
Bracken House (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, blundered 1st, 3rd when blundered badly 2 out, saddle soon slipped, led on bend turning for home, ridden clear, won at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) gd in Aug beating Foundry Square (11-7) by 9l, 6 ran.
Dirty Bertie (FR) 7-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 7th, lost place approaching 3 out, 5th of 9, 35l behind Letsby Avenue (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Sep.
Kings Lodge 33-1 (11-4) Pressed leader, led narrowly 5th until 10th, ridden in 6th and looked like losing place when brought down 4 out, in a race won by Twirling Magnet (11-3) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar, 14 ran.
Old Dreams (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in last pair, good headway to 3rd before 14th, quickened to challenge after 3 out, soon led and clear, easily, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Sep beating Ballyvesey (11-12) by 21l, 8 ran.
Ski Sunday 11-2 (11-7) Led, headed 4 out, ridden after next, 2 lengths down in clear 2nd when blundered 2 out, kept on flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Red Riverman (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 3f beg chs (4) gd in Aug.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 8th, lost place before next, well beaten before 2 out, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Silent Owner 100-1 (10-2) Always in rear, tailed off when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Golanova (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep, 13 ran.