King Ozzy has been threatening to end a long losing run but BENNY THE SWINGER may handle today's fast going the better. Chris Gordon's charge beat the re-opposing Zhukov at Fontwell earlier this month and can confirm superiority in the process of following up. Petit Ecuyer went close in soft ground here last year and it was testing going when both Sablazo and The Informant last won. Sportsreport posted a better effort over these fences three weeks ago and may figure on only his third start chasing.
King Ozzy (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Not fluent at times, tracked winner, slow 5th, ridden 2 out, every chance last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Lord Fox (11-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Benny The Swinger (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Held up tracking leaders in 4th, disputing close 3rd travelling well before 3 out, mistake 3 out, bumped next, going best last, 2nd on inside run-in, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Zhukov (11-5) by 1l, 5 ran.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 20-1 (11-11) Held up, always in rear, 8th of 10, 48l behind Siro Demur (11-7) at Leicester 2m hts chs (6) sft.
Zhukov (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 9th, led well before 3 out, narrowly headed 2 out, chased leader, led again last, hard ridden run-in, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Benny The Swinger (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Star Presenter (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up, some headway on outside before 2 out (normal out), no impression and soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lord Navits (10-5) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Sportsreport (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) In touch in rear, headway 3 out, ridden to chase winner next, soon switched left, faded towards finish, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Nozic (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft.
Sablazo (FR) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway 7th, went 3rd 4 out until weakend last, 5th of 9, 28l behind Malibu Sun (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
The Informant 11-4 (11-0) Chased leader hit 7th and next, lost 2nd next, chased leading pair until 3 out, disputing close 2nd when went left 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 5, 10l behind Benny The Swinger (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.