A number of disappointing types line up here but Belle De Fontenay is rarely found wanting at this level and gave a six-length beating to last week's Taunton third Bollin Judith at Uttoxeter in September. Captain Cardington appears at this lowly level for the first time, but so does THE JUGOPOLIST and we fancy Rebecca Curtis' charge to make the most of this opportunity. There was a lot more encouragement in his latest fifth at Uttoxeter and repeat of his run behind Whisper at Ffos Las on Boxing Day last year would suffice in this. Stow appears to be going backwards and Nine Stories also has much to prove at present while Cygnet may need this.
Stow 18-1 (11-12) Soon in rear and never going that well, several slow jumps, behind 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Duke Of Monmouth (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 7-2 (10-13) Led, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 24l behind Edlomond (10-4) at Towcester 2m clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Bollin Judith 8-11fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Gigondas (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 18-1 (10-2) Led until 3rd, led after next, headed 7th, led after 8th, headed before 3 out where not fluent, weakened approaching next, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Ballyculla (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Cygnet 5-1 (10-1) Led after 1st, clear next, not fluent 3 out, soon headed, rallied approaching last, led flat, held on gamely, won at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug '12 beating Tekthelot (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Nine Stories (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up detatched in last pair, hit 1st, hampered 5th, jumped right from next, struggling when mistake 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Claragh Native (10-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov, 7 ran.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Mid-division, lost place when not fluent and reminder 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms, stayed on well flat, 5th of 14, 7l behind Red Admirable (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Monroe Park (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, headway to lead before 6th, headed before 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Ruby Valentine (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Lastchanceforlisa (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, mistake and weakened 4 out, last of 7, 38l behind Upbeat Cobbler (10-10) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Haling Park (UAE) 40-1 (10-1) Held up behind, pushed along before 6th, reminders before next, soon tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind The Young Master (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.