The handicapper is showing no mercy to Chestnut Ben, who has been raised 4lb for his latest second to Alderbrook Lad at Worcester. He struggles to get his head in front and SAFE INVESTMENT makes far more appeal having beaten Alderbrook Lad here 10 days ago when The Grey One was a remote third. He was going away at the finish and can defy an 8lb higher mark. Osmosia has been well beaten off lower marks over hurdles lately while Huntingdon second Novikov is on a long losing run. Wak A Turtle has some scope, however, but may have been flattered by his second to Cinevator here on his fencing bow.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Mid-division, headway when hit 7th, went 2nd and driven after 3 out, switched right after last, stayed on, held by winnner towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Alderbrook Lad (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Safe Investment (USA) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leader until 4th, chased leaders, hit 9th, went 2nd before went right 3 out, looked held last, rallied flat, to lead towards finish, won going away, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug beating Alderbrook Lad (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Wak A Turtle (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Jumped right, held up in 4th, left in 3rd 5th, badly hampered by loose horse next, blundered 7th, chased winner 9th, every chance when went badly right and nearly unseated rider 3 out, no chance after, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Cinevator (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f beg chs (4) gf in Aug.
Osmosia (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th until ridden after 3 out, rallied to modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 24l behind Sugar Hiccup (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 50-1 (10-12) Steadied well in rear, under pressure 4 out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, well behind Opera Og (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Novikov 9-1 (10-0) Tracked winner until 3rd and again before 6th, ridden and 3 lengths down when bad mistake last, no impression after, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Julie Prince (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Aug.
She's Humble (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Mid-division and keen, outpaced before 12th, kept on from 3 out, lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 10, 21l behind Doctor Ric (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Aug.
The Grey One (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up in 5th, went right 3rd, blundered badly 7th and left 2nd, went right 9th, lost 2nd before 3 out, 3rd and well beaten when went right next and last, tailed off, 3rd of 6, 45l behind Safe Investment (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.