Mibleu continues to defy his years and the winner has franked the form of his latest course and distance second. But we just prefer WESTER ROSS, who was runner-up in a much stronger heat at Ffos Las on his latest start and has the beating of Colin Tizzard's veteran on a line through Benny's Quest. Engai made a winning start over fences at Southwell and can only improve but it's difficult to make a case for any of the others on recent form, Tri Nations having finished last at Stratford on Thursday.
Wester Ross (IRE) 17-2 (10-1) Held up, headway 4 out, tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, kept on to go 2nd flat, no threat to winner, 2nd of 7, 2l behind My Brother Sylvest (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs (2) gd.
Engai (GER) 2-1 (11-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, led 4th, travelling well 3 out, in command soon after, easily, won at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gd beating Baccalaureate (10-9) by 6l, 5 ran.
Mibleu (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 7th, headed approaching last, ridden and no impression in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Bennys Quest (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Easily Pleased (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Prominent, led before 3rd, jumped right from 5th, headed after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 30l behind De Faoithesdream (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Zama Zama 3-1 (11-9) Towards rear, reminders before 6th, weakened after next, pulled up before 3 out, tailed off, in a race won by Rudigreen (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf, 8 ran.
Tri Nations (UAE) 13-2 (10-3) Held up, ridden 3 out, effort 2 out, no impression, outpaced before last, last of 5, 20l behind Ulis De Vassy (11-2) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.