BAN UISCE ran out of steam over 3m at Uttoxeter last month and was relegated into third in the last strides. Today's shorter distance and a conditional's claim should help bring an end to his long losing run, especially as he has little to beat in this. Farewellatmidnight remains 5lb higher than when scoring at Fakenham in April and has been well beaten since while Mad Professor will need to reproduce his earlier third at Southwell to figure. It's hard to make any sort of case for the remainder.
Ban Uisce (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Held up, mistake 9th, headway next, slipped badly on hind legs after 11th, went 2nd before 2 out, no impression on winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Kilcascan (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Farewellatmidnight 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, closed 4th, outpaced 12th, went 3rd after 3 out, well held by front pair, 3rd of 11, 20l behind Local Present (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Capisci (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) With leader, led and mistake 7th, headed 10th, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Allerford Jack (11-9) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Mad Professor (IRE) 40-1 (9-11) Held up, ridden 8th, modest progress from 2 out, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 13, 11l behind Princely Hero (11-6) at Stratford 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Nesnaas (USA) 33-1 (10-0) Soon led, headed approaching 11th, soon weakened, behind when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Knapp Bridge Boy (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, outpaced 4 out, rallied to chase winner after next, never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 21l behind Benny The Swinger (9-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Wishes Or Watches (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, slow 4th and 7th, soon lost touch, kept on after last, never dangerous, last of 4, 39l behind Benny The Swinger (9-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.