Citrus Mark won at Fontwell and Worcester in the summer but it looked as though the handicapper had got to him last time. Qualitee returns from a lengthy absence, as does Reginaldinho, while Five Out Of Five and Esteem have become disappointing. Bennys Quest should be thereabouts again, however, and THE GREY ONE's recent second at Fontwell hinted at a return to form. Milton Bradley's grey is quite well treated here against some old rivals and Charlie Wallis takes off a further 5lb - he may just prove good enough on ground that will suit.
Citrus Mark 11-2 (11-2) Mid-division, bumped 2nd, not fluent 6th, in rear when hit 8th, headway when carried right 4 out, 4th when mistake last, no impression flat, 5th of 10, 11l behind On The Bridge (10-8) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Hazeymm (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden after 11th, behind 14th, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Reginaldinho (UAE) 3-1fav (10-13) Held up, headway 7th, chased winner when mistake 9th, no impression, 8 lengths down when fell last, in a race won by Arctic Ben (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan, 8 ran.
Qualitee 3-1fav (11-3) Made all, clear from 2 out, eased last 100 yards, won at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Dec beating Civil Servant (11-9) by 12l, 9 ran.
Bennys Quest (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Prominent, mistake 1st, not fluent 3rd, mistake and bumped 9th, led 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Full Ov Beans (9-7) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Benefit Game (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, weakened last, 7th of 16, 19l behind Murfreesboro (9-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Five Out Of Five (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, hit 8th, never dangerous, last of 6, 25l behind Tregaro (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Backstreet Billy (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th, led 8th, headed before 4 out, weakened before next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quinder Spring (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs, 8 ran.
Esteem 14-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway going well from 8th, switched right before 3 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, stayed on flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 17, 3/4l behind Beside The Fire (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Topthorn 20-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, led before 10th, headed after 3 out, gradually weakened, 5th of 12, 24l behind Green To Gold (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
The Grey One (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, in touch, closed 3rd, jumped right and went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Zepnove (9-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Dr Anubis (IRE) 7-2 (10-3) In rear, jumped slightly right and slowly at times, reminders 8th, headway after 3 out, no impression on leaders, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 6, 12l behind Full Ov Beans (9-7) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.