Hopefully nobody will be relying on finding the winner of this to get themselves out of trouble but Future Dominion has been knocking on the door and SEYMOUR ERIC came good at Hereford earlier this month and followed up in a canter at Towcester yesterday. Very much at home on heavy going, the latter will carry a double penalty if turned out again quickly but is probably still the one to beat. Recent Towcester score Bravo Risquet has claims as well and Hexham second Noble Scholar is another to consider and Decent Lord is well enough handicapped if in the right mood but course specialist Dawn Ride looks to have plenty to do under top weight.
Dawn Ride (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Luccombe Chine 13-2 (11-11) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 18, well behind Delightfully (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Saddlers Mot 33-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on from last, 5th of 18, 13l behind Delightfully (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Seymour Eric 4-1 (10-11) Raced wide, held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, challenged and blundered 2 out, recovered to lead well before last, came readily clear flat, won at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Franklin Roosevelt (11-9) by 11l, 12 ran.
Future Dominion 5-4fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led 10th, ridden and headed 2 out, outpaced and hit last, 2nd of 4, 14l behind Everdon Brook (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Decent Lord (IRE) 18-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, losing place when bumped 9th, soon well behind, jumped right last, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Giveitachance (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Qualitee 8-1 (9-10) Led, jumped left, mistake and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Drumshambo (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 7 ran.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, pushed along 8th, weakened 4 out, 6th of 10, 35l behind Carmela Maria (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Western Bound (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Always behind, 11th of 12, well behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Matmata de Tendron (FR) 10-1 (9-9) With winner, pushed along before 12th, in 4th when blundered badly 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 45l behind Boris The Blade (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy.
Noble Scholar (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Led to 2nd, led again before 4th, ridden and headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Stop On 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, chased leader next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Carmela Maria (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Murrell (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Held up behind, mistake 2nd, headway 9th, chased leaders before 3 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Danny John Boy (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gd in May '11.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Mid-division, steady headway after 5th, went 2nd before 3 out, led before next, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Hazy Bay (11-12) by 19l, 10 ran.
Tennessee Bird 50-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, headway before 8th, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 18, 39l behind Delightfully (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Billsgrey (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led before 3 out, pushed along and headed before last, soon weakened, 3rd of 5, 37l behind Samson Collonges (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Mini The Minx (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 9, 44l behind One For Harry (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Waywood Princess 16-1 (9-9) Mid-division, lost place approaching 2nd, ridden 8th, mistake next, stayed on from 3 out, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 10l behind Earcomesthedream (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.