Jean De Florette outstayed Johnny Og to score by three lengths over this trip at Chepstow but the runner-up did nothing for the form at Hexham subsequently when long odds-on. Nigel Twiston-Davies' entire is open to plenty of improvement but could be facing a stiff task conceding 7lb to Southwell winner KEY TO THE WEST, who ran some fine races in decent company last season and should also progress further now he's got his head in front. Major Milborne showed promise in bumpers last term but Grandad Mac has much to prove.
Jean De Florette (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden before and led last, kept on well towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy beating Johnny Og (11-0) by 3l, 11 ran.
Grandad Mac 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped right and bumped into rival 1st, headway before 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Key To The West (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led before next, ridden between last 2, kept on flat, won at Southwell 2m 4yo nov stks (4) sft beating Cloud Creeper (10-9) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Major Milborne 4-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, raced keenly early, pushed along 7f out, headway 6f out, outpaced over 2f out, no impression after, 4th of 6, 10l behind Court Appeal (11-1) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.