SAMENERVE didn't manage to win a race in France and pulled up on his UK debut at Exeter but it was a different story at Towcester last time where he jumped superbly and gained an easy victory. He's been put up 10lb for that but is still a youngster and there should be plenty more to come. He gets the nod ahead of Bertie Milan, who had shown very little before a fine run behind Oil Burner at Carlisle in October. Whats Up Woody didn't have much to beat when scoring at Carlisle though he had Papa Caruso behind and the latter needs to brush up on his jumping. Billy Cuckoo ran poorly at Market Rasen last time after looking a progressive type at Wetherby five days earlier and that latter race may have come too soon.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Led to 4th, led again 6th, headed 11th, led before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Rossini's Dancer (11-9) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Papa Caruso 6-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, blundered 4 out, soon outpaced, last of 4, 8l behind Whats Up Woody (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
McMurrough (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 8th, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 35l behind Aland Islands (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
Samenerve (FR) 13-8fav (11-12) Chased leader, challenged and bumped 4 out, upsides and bumped again next, soon led and came clear, easily, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov beating Topaze Collonges (11-7) by 7l, 7 ran.
Flying Squad (UAE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, driven and outpaced before 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 27l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 85-40fav (12-2) Not fluent tracked leading pair, ridden 10th, kept on but no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Pickworth (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, blundered 4th, ridden and outpaced before 3out, kept on from next, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Kruzhlinin (11-2) at Carlisle 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Nov.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Mistake 1st, in touch, dropped to rear 5th, headway on outside 10th, challenged 4 out, led next, not fluent 2 out, ridden and headed narrowly last, kept on flat, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Oil Burner (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, blundered 5th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 21l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
What A Dream 11-4 (11-12) Held up in 3rd, hit 13th, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Twice Lucky (11-0) at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 4 ran.