SPYDER overcame an early error to beat subsequent Chepstow scorer Such A Legend at Towcester on only his second start over timber. He can follow up here at the main expense of Long Lunch, who wasn't disgraced when trying to concede 7lb to Saint Jerome at Warwick. Houndscourt hasn't been seen since trying fences at Wetherby in December but Generous Helpings had Royal Ripple behind when a promising third on his debut at Kempton and has more scope than stablemate Gun Shy.
Houndscourt (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along after 5 out, mistake 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 28l behind Westward Point (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Long Lunch 11-10fav (11-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, ridden and no chance with winner before 2 out, kept on same pace, went right last, 2nd of 15, 6l behind Saint Jerome (10-13) at Warwick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Spyder 9-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, jumped left 1st, not fluent 4th, closed approaching next, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, driven out, won at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Such A Legend (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Capitano Lento Overbury gelding out of Peasedown Tofana.
Generous Helpings (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Andy Kelly (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Gun Shy (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, weakening when saddle slipped 2 out, hung left and eased, 7th of 17, 23l behind Oscar Hoof (11-7) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Malibu Rock 50-1 (11-1) Chased leaders after 3rd, pushed along and weakening when slightly hampered and switched right 2 out, 5th of 10, 18l behind Saddlers Encore (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Royal Ripple (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 2 out, stayed on well, never nearer, 4th of 9, 14l behind Andy Kelly (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Langham Lily (USA) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened after 3 out, 11th of 12, 30l behind Run Ructions Run (10-10) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Redinga 150-1 (10-9) Towards rear, struggling before 4th, reminders after th, pulled up 6th, in a race won by Virtuel D'oudon (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar, 8 ran.
Taggia (FR) Great Pretender mare out of Ecossaise Ii.