Sustainability was a little disappointing at Sandown after a promising second at Exeter and has a bit to prove now. Five Rivers could be interesting as he will have learned plenty from his third at Huntingdon while a similar comment applies to Balinroab following his run at Leicester. He's already won between the flags and A P McCoy has chosen him over the out-of-form Amuse Me. RED ROCK can race off the same mark as when second over this trip on soft ground at Stratford in October. Conor Quish again takes off 10lb and, with Emma Lavelle's chasers in great form, he's possibly the one to beat. Chestnut Ben won twice last season but hasn't raced since March and the others have something to find.
Down The Stretch 66-1 (11-0) Led after 1st, headed 6th, weakened 2 out, 7th of 14, 31l behind Golden Chieftain (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Sustainability (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Close up, mistake 1st and 2nd, in touch in 4th, blundered 13th, every chance 3 out, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 5th of 7, 19l behind Johns Spirit (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Five Rivers (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 25l behind Cross Of Honour (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Balinroab (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 8th, well held after, 6th of 7, 27l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
Amuse Me 33-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, dropped to rear and struggling from 3rd, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before
Double Dash 9-2fav (11-1) Soon prominent on outside, went 2nd after 5 out, led before 3 out, headed and not fluent 2 out, 4th and beaten when hit last, no extra flat, 5th of 13, 12l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Red Rock (FR) 5-1 (11-2) Chasing leaders when rider lost iron 1st, soon lost place, headway 3 out, chasing leaders when left in 2nd at last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Roc De Guye (10-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Watergate (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, blundered 3rd, not fluent 6th, weakened before 8th, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Camden (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 5-2fav (10-8) Chased leader, challenged 2 out, led approaching last, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar beating Riddleofthesands (11-8) by 1l, 7 ran.