Providing this doesn't come too soon, MUDITA MOMENT should add to his comfortable victory at Warwick under a penalty. That was his first start for more than 18 months but he showed little sign of any ring-rustiness. None of the others arrive in any kind of form with My Friend Riquet, who is a pound out of the handicap, having only won a modest point-to-point three weeks ago - his record under Rules is abysmal. Strange Bird is possibly well handicapped and might do better after a pipe-opener here in November but Brians Well needs some help from the handicapper judged on his latest run at Huntingdon.
Mudita Moment (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Slightly hampered 1st, held up in rear of mid-division, smooth headway to track leaders approaching 5th, went 2nd 3 out, led on bit before 2 out, clear when went right 2 out and last, easily, won at Warwick 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Landenstown Pearl (10-3) by 6l, 12 ran.
Brians Well (IRE) 4-1fav (10-11) Behind, headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders approaching last, never on terms, 4th of 9, 5l behind Rule Of Thumb (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Marmalade Man 33-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, pushed along after 5th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 10, 23l behind Rior (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hcp hdl (0-115) (4) gd in Dec.
Romney Marsh 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 12, 33l behind Mini Muck (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f (4) gs in Dec.
Maccabees 10-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, mistake 6th, never dangerous, 8th of 12, well behind Osmosia (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Zelos Diktator 16-1 (10-4) With leader, led 3rd to 5th, in touch, lost place 10th, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Iconic Rose (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Strange Bird (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Led until hit 2nd, tracked leader, mistake 7th, hit 10th, led again and hit 3 out, headed before next, no extra approaching last, 5th of 7, 21l behind Kilrush (11-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Sweet Boy Vic (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Behind, under pressure 5th, headway 7th, chased leaders 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 30l behind Night Of Passion (10-10) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
My Friend Riquet (FR) 20-1 (12-0) Hdwy 11; led last; all out, won at Cornwall Hunt Club 3m ptp gs in Dec beating Sutton Storm (12-0) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.