It would be no surprise to see Wester Ross progress again now he's got his head in front, though he carries a penalty for his recent success at Ludlow. Bradford Boris has gone up in the weights again since finishing second at Wincanton, while Ours lacks a recent run and Morestead's task at Wincanton was made much easier when three of his rivals departed at the same fence. Nosecond Chance and HELLFIRE CLUB both have more scope over fences and the latter is taken to open his account here as he's well treated on the pick of his hurdles form and pulled much too hard when favourite on his return to action at Lingfield.
Wester Ross (IRE) 2-1 (11-3) Held up behind leaders, mistake 4th, went 3rd 4 out, challenged going well next, led approaching last, very easily, won at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd beating Blindspin (11-10) by 6l, 5 ran.
Another Trump (NZ) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden 7th, weakened 4 out, 8th of 9, 46l behind Renard (11-8) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Bradford Boris 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, in touch 8th, chased leading pair after 4 out, disputed 2nd when mistake last, stayed on to chase winner flat, no impression, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind That'lldoboy (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Morestead (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) In touch in 4th, left 2nd from 3rd, led after 5 out, clear before 3 out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Petito (10-13) by 18l, 7 ran.
Johnny Mullen (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, pushed along before 8th and dropped rear, soon weakened, last of 5, 36l behind Current Event (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f beg chs (4) sft.
Hellfire Club 7-4fav (11-2) Held up in touch, chased leaders 4 out, effort 2 out, weakened before last, eased flat, 6th of 9, 21l behind Renard (11-8) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Nosecond Chance (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Chased leading pair, closed 8th, chased easy winner 2 out, kept on, no chance, 2nd of 3, 10l behind Australia Day (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) gs.
Ours (FR) 7-1 (11-8) Led, hit 12th, headed 14th, ridden and lost 2nd before 4 out, no impression when lost 3rd 2 out, left modest 3rd again last, 3rd of 4, 35l behind Foynes Island (11-7) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.
Knapp Bridge Boy 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, struggling 9th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Donserelli (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft, 12 ran.