Kruzhlinin still has plenty of scope and made a winning start over the larger obstacles at Carlisle. A P McCoy isn't a bad replacement for Jason Maguire, who has gone to Uttoxeter. Howard's Legacy also won at the first time of asking over fences, at Ffos Las, and is another likely to improve while Parsnip Pete impressed at Haydock and the four-year-old Elenika won on his UK debut at Huntingdon. MILARROW beat a couple of well-regarded types at Exeter and could be the one here off bottom weight, though Celtus is surely better than he showed when pulled up behind Howard's Legacy.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led before next, clear 2 out, ridden out, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft beating Mountainous (11-2) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Kruzhlinin (GER) 10-11fav (11-2) Tracked leader and jumped left throughout, left in lead 4th, ridden clear before last, kept on strongly eased towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy beating Triptico (11-2) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Elenika (FR) 8-13fav (10-7) Led, joined 9th, ridden and headed last, rallied to lead towards finish, won at Huntingdon 2m Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) sft beating Rajdhani Express (10-10) by 1l, 6 ran.
Parsnip Pete 2-1fav (11-11) Held up, headway 6th, went 2nd after 9th, challenged 4 out, soon led, clear flat, stayed on well, won at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct beating Tahiti Pearl (11-2) by 8l, 6 ran.
Celtus (FR) 11-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Howard's Legacy (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 3f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft, 11 ran.
Milarrow (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced before 4 out, rallied to 3rd approaching 2 out, chased leader before last, led last, stayed on well, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) gs beating Sustainability (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.