C'Monthehammers won over 4m at Exeter in December but was pulled up when tried in better company over this C&D last month. First-time blinkers could bring about some improvement but not enough to reverse that latest running with INCENTIVISE, who finished an honourable third and is much improved this season. Richard Lee's eight-year-old is still well handicapped and can recapture the winning thread. Bench Warrent didn't build on a better effort at Fakenham last month when well beaten at Exeter subsequently while Carronhills still has something to prove at this level. Lavenoak Lad has stamina in abundance but is racing from 5lb out of the handicap and has spurned easier opportunities recently.
Carronhills (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tended to jump left, close up in 3rd on outside, mistake and lost place 11th, behind and struggling 13th, stayed on to go well beaten 4th 2 out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 5, 16l behind Noland (11-0) at Newbury 3m chs Grd 2 (1) gs.
Bench Warrent (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Led 1st, remained with leader, driven and weakened approaching 3 out, 3rd of 6, 28l behind Bakbenscher (11-7) at Exeter 3m grd chs (5yo+) (2) sft.
C'Monthehammers (IRE) 17-2 (10-3) Towards rear, ridden after 4th, not fluent 7th, behind 14th, pulled up before 16th, in a race won by West End Rocker (10-11) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan, 15 ran.
Incentivise (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, hampered 14th, some headway when hit 16th, stayed on under pressure to chase leaders after 3 out, disputing 3rd when blundered last, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 15, 9l behind West End Rocker (10-11) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.
Andrew Nick (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Mid-division on outside, dropped to rear and reminders 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Flying Squad (9-11) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Money Order (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistakes 1st and 6th, headway 9th, chased leaders 4 out, one pace approaching 2 out, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Sweden (10-9) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Lavenoak Lad 22-1 (11-6) Prominent 1st, chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 11th, weakened from 13th, 4th of 8, well behind Victory Gunner (11-1) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft.