Brandon Thomas appeared to relish a slog through the mud at Plumpton and probably still isn't badly handicapped, despite carrying a penalty. He looks the danger to MOONLIGHT MAGGIE, much improved on just her second start over fences when only beaten a head by a more experienced rival at Catterick. She has another 6lb to carry here but can find the necessary to make it third-time lucky. It's difficult to take much encouragement from the recent form of the others, though Mallusk and Amaury De Lusignan are starting to look very well treated.
King Ozzy (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Leading when jumped slightly left and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Full Ov Beans (10-8) at Fakenham 2m 5f Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) sft, 5 ran.
Mallusk (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, blundered 7th and reminders, never dangerous, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Barton Gift (9-12) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Amaury De Lusignan (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Led until 5th, chased leaders, weakened approaching 8th, tailed off, 7th of 14, 46l behind Cash Injection (10-7) at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Brandon Thomas (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Held up in last pair, pushed along in 5th after 5th, headway to chase leading trio 3 out (normal 4 out), went 3rd before next, driven along and stayed on bypassing omitted 2 out, led last, stayed on under pressure flat, won at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy beating Sablazo (10-10) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Regal Park (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) In touch, headway chasing leaders when mistake 12th, awkward and lost 3rd 15th, outpaced next, poor 6th when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Alteranthela (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Browns Brook (IRE) 5-2 (10-2) With leaders, went 2nd before 6th, challenged 3 out, pushed along and staying on in 2nd when stumbled and slipped on bend before last, in a race won by Upton Mead (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy, 5 ran.
Moonlight Maggie 6-1 (10-2) In touch, headway 5 out, chased winner approaching last, ran on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 7, hd behind Pistol Basc (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.