None of these can be ruled out though Tayarat's penalty may count against him on his hat-trick bid as he had little to spare at Southwell. FAIR BRAMBLE had been very consistent and duly got his reward at Towcester. An 8lb rise won't help but his rider's claim is a bonus and a double looks on the cards. Wessex King was behind Tayarat here earlier in the month but is much better off at the weights and Groomed scored over hurdles at Doncaster before a decent run over fences at Wetherby.
Wessex King (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, led 7th, joined 2 out (normal 3 out), headed before last (normal 2 out), one pace flat, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Tayarat (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Groomed (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, in rear 7th, headway before 3 out in 3rd, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Indian Voyage (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Fair Bramble 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, led 6th, stayed on gamely flat, won at Towcester 2m 3f Mares Novice Handicap Chase (0-110) (5yo+) (4) gd beating Genstone Trail (11-2) by 2l, 12 ran.
Tayarat (IRE) 3-1fav (10-3) Led until 7th, led agin 9th, headed 3 out, led again approaching last, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd beating Umustbejoking (10-9) by 1l, 6 ran.
Cara Court (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) Tracked leader, led 3rd, jumped right and mistake 7th, headed and hit rail, soon pulled up, in a race won by Sudski Star (11-3) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 5 ran.
Lough Coi (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway 6th, pushed along after 5 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 30l behind Talkonthestreet (11-9) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.