Bertenbar was easy to back at Towcester three weeks ago but kept on well to score and has already won around here. He's now on a career-high mark, however. Betty Browneyes went off too quickly for her own good at Fakenham but could do better here if ridden with more restraint, while Chilbury Hill has been running well at this level and should give another good account. Alpha Way's wide-margin victory in a novices' handicap over 2m here last time was a big improvement on what he'd achieved previously, and he may not be able to reproduce that today, while Brimham Boy and Brousse En Feux have both been a little disappointing this season. SAWPIT SUPREME did a lot better at Uttoxeter last month and that form is standing up well. She's capable on her day and this looks well within her compass if she's on-song.
Brimham Boy 13-2 (11-4) Mistake 1st, tracked leaders, mistake 5th, led 7th, headed before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, 5th of 13, 13l behind Valley View (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Bertenbar 13-2 (11-10) Tracked leader, led approaching 7th, ridden after 3 out, came to stands side after next, driven out, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov beating Grand Article (10-7) by 2l, 6 ran.
Brousse En Feux (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led before 3rd, headed before 4th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 10, 33l behind Mickmacmagoole (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Crime Dont Pay (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Chased leaders on inside, lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, no danger after, 7th of 12, 28l behind Drumlang (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Sawpit Supreme 11-1 (11-8) Held up behind in touch, tracked leaders 7th, not much room after 5 out, went 2nd when blundered 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner from next, 2nd of 11, 19l behind French Ties (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Beat The System 22-1 (11-4) In touch, ridden approaching 4th, led 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Dalrymple (10-6) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Alpha Way (GER) 12-1 (10-7) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led before 3rd, set good pace and soon clear, 6 lengths ahead and going strongly when left well clear 3 out, very easily, won at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov beating Behest (10-8) by 24l, 9 ran.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 7-2 (10-4) Mistakes, tracked leaders, dropped to rear 12th, soon weakened, 4th of 5, well behind Frontier Spirit (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Carrig An Uisce (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Led until narrowly headed after 1st, stayed prominent until driven and weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 44l behind Crack At Dawn (10-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Chased clear leader, jumped slowly 5th, reminders after 7th, closed 9th, hit next, well beaten after 3 out, 2nd of 3, 19l behind Bay Central (11-12) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Alldunnandusted (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 7th, not fluent and dropped to rear of main group next, ridden and well outpaced before 10th, went poor 4th before last, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Hunt Ball (10-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Nov.
Betty Browneyes 7-2 (11-7) Led after 1st, clear next, jumped right and rider lost iron briefly 3rd, continued to jump right, reduced lead 7th, ridden and headed between 3 out and 2 out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Roc De Guye (11-4) at Fakenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Nov.
Legends Lass 25-1 (10-12) Well behind, mistake 6th, tailed off when pulled up after 8th, in a race won by Mylord Collonges (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs, 11 ran.
No Reception (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Towards rear, weakened before 12th, went poor 4th before last, 4th of 9, 44l behind Qualitee (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Paul Revere (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Raced in last pair and well off the pace, not on terms when mistake 9th, poor 4th when blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Alpha Way (10-7) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 9 ran.
Kinkeel (IRE) 125-1 (11-0) Behind, well detatched in 4th from 4th, continued tailed off, no chance with leaders, 4th of 5, well behind Gauvain (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m chs (2) gs in Nov.