BILLYBO returned from a lengthy absence to win in a canter at Towcester last week. He has a penalty to carry here but that shouldn't make much difference in this grade and he'll be a short price to complete the double. Kilvergan Boy has won three times over fences but the handicapper has him exactly where he wants him and a place is probably the best he can hope for here again while Ballinhassig stopped very quickly having been prominent early at Plumpton last week. Might As Well ran well over C&D at the start of the summer, however, and could be the one for forecast-backers if a return to the course sparks a revival.
Kilvergan Boy (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 2nd, led 4th, made most after until ridden and headed before 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 7, 16l behind Oscar Leney (10-6) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Might As Well 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, reminder before 6th, outpaced 12th, kept on from 2 out, went 3rd and no impression from last, 3rd of 8, 35l behind Quayside Court (9-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Ballinhassig (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Pressed leader, hit 14th, lost 2nd 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 8, 35l behind Beware Chalk Pit (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Wild Ground (IRE) 11-2 (10-6) Jumped slow at times in rear, ridden 9th, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Musical Wedge (11-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Destined For Fame (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 9th, 5th and ridden 3 out, outpaced before next, 5th of 13, 14l behind Earcomesthedream (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Billybo 4-7fav (10-0) Made all, clear from 3 out, very easily, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Kilcascan (11-5) by 36l, 4 ran.