Malt Master showed the benefit of his debut run over fences at Bangor when justifying market support at Huntingdon last month but this is no easy task under a penalty. Poole Master should be winning soon judged on his latest second to Fourjacks at Wetherby but OHIO GOLD gets the vote. Already a winner on the track over hurdles, he's come up against a couple of decent novices so far over fences in Majala and Fago and the step back up in trip can only aid his cause. Dare Me has shown promise but was engaged at Exeter yesterday and Prolinx may need more time.
Malt Master (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Mid-division, closed 4th, jumped left 7th, went 2nd soon after 3 out, led next, stayed on well, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft in Jan beating Asaid (10-9) by 5l, 8 ran.
Dare Me (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Led, headed 4 out, hit next, soon ridden, no impression from last, 2nd of 4, 14l behind Cantlow (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nov chs (3) sft in Jan.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out, went 2nd next, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Fago (11-4) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Jan.
Poole Master 11-8fav (11-0) Led, ridden before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Fourjacks (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Jan.
Prolinx (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, shaken up after 3 out, never in contention, 5th of 7, 25l behind Fago (11-4) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Jan.