September Blaze and Leicester runner-up Me And Ben must both carry more than their allotted weight and look to be facing a tough task. Miss Ballantyne didn't show much on her chasing bow but will have had plenty of schooling since and shouldn't be written off just yet. Stone Light has shown definite signs of promise but is possibly a bit flattered by her form figures. SPIRIT OSCAR got outstayed by Destroyer Deployed on heavy ground at Fakenham but wasn't disgraced and Oliver Sherwood's winning pointer can make amends in this.
Miss Ballantyne 13-2 (11-1) Held up in touch in 5th, blundered and outpaced 4 out, short lived effort before next, soon beaten, went right and blundered last, 7th of 9, 34l behind The Italian Yob (11-5) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
Spirit Oscar (IRE) 4-5fav (10-7) Led, joined 3rd, pecked on landing 3 out, soon headed, weakened approaching last, 2nd of 5, 17l behind Destroyer Deployed (11-0) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Feb.
Stone Light (FR) 9-2 (11-1) Tracked leading pair, challenged 9th, led narrowly bypassing omitted 3 out, driven before last, not fluent last and soon headed, no impression when hung left flat, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-11) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
September Blaze 33-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, behind from 8th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Lord Navits (10-5) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Me And Ben (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, steady headway from 9th, went 2nd 2 out, ridden flat, 2 lengths down flat, rallied towards finish, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Lord Fox (10-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.