If earlier races went to plan, BLAKEMOUNT can crown a successful day for Sue Smith. The point-to-point winner made an encouraging start to hurdling with a third to the progressive Milan Bound at Carlisle and can open his account in this company. King Kurt ran well for a long way at Perth on only his second start over timber while French Canadian has been placed in hunter chases and makes his debut over hurdles. Jokers And Rogues could finish closer today and point-to-point winner Sir Mangan may prove best of the remainder.
Blakemount (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, not fluent 3rd, pressed from 3 out, ridden before last, headed run-in, no extra, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Milan Bound (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
French Canadian (FR) Evensfav (11-9) Held up, jumped left 1st, jumped slowly 5th, bumped 7th, headway next, jumped left 9th, went 3rd next, ridden 3 out, weakened before 2 out where mistake, 3rd of 5, well behind Realt Ag Leimt (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m nov hts chs (6) gd in May.
Jokers And Rogues (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 13, 29l behind Three Kingdoms (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
King Kurt (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Led, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 16l behind It's A Mans World (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Light The City (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 6th of 10, 32l behind Shantou Magic (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Major Martin (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Mountain Tunes (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 11 ran.
Narcissist (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, always behind, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Gone Too Far (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Rozener (IRE) Moscow Society gelding out of David's Lass.
Sir Mangan (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 39l behind Deadly Sting (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.