Amuse Me's victory at Sedgefield will have done wonders for his confidence but an 8lb rise seems harsh. BRIMHAM BOY may not have beaten much at Huntingdon earlier this month but is only a pound higher and Ollie Garner claims 7lb. He makes more appeal than Miracle House, whose chase career is starting to follow the same frustrating path as that over hurdles, and Points Of View. The latter has been well beaten in recent starts while Hodgson also seems to have gone off the boil. There are possibilities about Little Chip on his best form but this will be his first run since April. O Crotaigh is starting to come down the weights but is still on a higher mark than when successful over course and distance in February.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Led, pushed along before 3 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 12l behind Acapulco Gold (11-7) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Icy Colt (ARG) 20-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 2nd, not fluent 7th, soon headed, ridden after next, lost place approaching 10th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Iona Days (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun '12, 9 ran.
Amuse Me 2-1 (11-4) Held up in touch in rear, closed 2nd, jumped slowly and ridden along brielfy 9th, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, comfortably, won at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating Chicago Outfit (10-3) by 5l, 5 ran.
Hodgson (IRE) 10-3 (11-6) Chased leader, closed after 8th, led before next, soon headed, not fluent 10th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Piper Hill (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Points of View 5-1 (11-6) In rear pair, not fluent 2nd, reminder after next, pushed along 6th, switched right before 12th, went 3rd after 4 out, chased (clear) winner before 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 6, 21l behind Callhimwhatyouwant (10-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Little Chip (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 6th until 11th, outpaced 4 out, no extra when mistake last, 5th of 7, 10l behind Mohi Rahrere (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Miracle House (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Jumped right, pressed leader, led 6th, slipped on bend after 13th, mistake 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Uncle Pelder (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f 5yo nov hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Brimham Boy 5-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, left 2nd 3rd, jumped left next, ridden when not fluent 2 out, 5 lengths down when left in lead last, stayed on, clear final 100 yards, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Farmer Frank (10-0) by 7l, 9 ran.
Dark Oasis 33-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd from 9th until after 3 out, pecked next, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 33l behind Al Alfa (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.