Flemish Invader is back on a winning mark and On The Bridge hasn't done a great deal wrong so far. Key Cutter would have a chance on his best form while Nikos Extra will be happier back over fences and is preferred to the generally disappointing Forty Five at the weights. HENRY HOOK was well backed ahead of his reappearance over C&D earlier this month only to stumble and part company with Harry Derham when closing on the leaders. He's probably well handicapped at present and is fancied to gain compensation today. Bold Perk was behind in that race but should be approaching peak fitness now and is another to consider.
Nikos Extra (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, took keen hold, headway 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Goldan Jess (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Forty Five (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up in last, jumped right 1st, hit 4th, not fluent 7th, some headway when not fluent 4 out, no impression, 4th of 5, 15l behind Allerford Jack (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Henry Hook (IRE) 9-2fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, over jumped, knucked on landing and unseated rider 12th, in a race won by Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 14 ran.
Key Cutter (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 3rd, clear 6th until 13th, mistake 14th, headed next, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Fairoak Lad (11-4) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Bold Perk (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear, behind 15th, never on terms, 8th of 14, 28l behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Sadler's Star (GER) 13-2 (11-7) In touch, hard driven approaching 4 out, led after 3 out, headed next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Green To Gold (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Flemish Invader (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Keen early, tracked leaders, jumped right, went 2nd briefly after 13th, mistake 16th, not fluent next, soon weakened, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Minella Stars (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Sep.
Putney Bridge 40-1 (11-5) Led, not fluent 2nd (water), headed approaching 10th where not fluent, weakened before next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lost Glory (11-12) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Sep, 7 ran.
On The Bridge (IRE) 5-4fav (11-3) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, challenged 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Trackmate (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Latanier (FR) 9-1 (11-3) Prominent, bumped 1st, hit 11th, jumped right and weakened 13th, mistake next, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Roi De Rose (11-9) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr, 8 ran.
Michigan Assassin (IRE) 28-1 (10-6) Led until mistake 14th, beaten 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Midnight Gold 17-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, lost place 6th, strugggling 12th, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Nudge And Nurdle (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.