SAVANT BLEU came right back to form at Newbury 12 days ago and did win over a similar trip at Wetherby a year ago. He may be a more reliable prospect that Jody Sole's mount Buck's Bond, though the course and distance winner had excuses on a return visit. Hunter chaser Benedictus can't be ignored after a close third at Leicester but Danimix has his first start since falling in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter last June and is probably best watched. Marley Roca and Jack Bene were both well beaten behind Bradley at Sandown last month and it's difficult to make a case for many of the others at the weights.
Buck's Bond (FR) 3-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders to 5 out, weakened next, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Count Guido Deiro (11-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Danimix (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Held up, ridden after 15th, 7th and no impression when fell 3 out, in a race won by Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun, 18 ran.
Savant Bleu (FR) 16-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 2nd until 8th, challenged 3 out, stayed on flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Doctor Foxtrot (11-2) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Benedictus (IRE) 3-1 (11-13) Held up in touch, jumped slowly and lost place 4th, headway from 11th, challenged 2 out, led when jumped left last, ridden and hung right flat, headed close home, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Current Exchange (11-7) at Leicester 2m 7f hts chs (3) sft in Mar.
Bolachoir (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Accessallareas (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Jack Bene (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Chased leader until 2nd, stayed chasing leaders, jumped slowly 3rd, reminder after next, pecked 15th, weakened 4 out, 7th of 9, well behind Bradley (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Marley Roca (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, steady headway 13th, pushed along in 5th and stayed on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 9, 27l behind Bradley (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Nipper John (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) With leader, blundered 4 out, one pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Vincitore (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
Offshore Account (IRE) 7-1 (11-13) Held up, not fluent 11th, outpaced next, left modet 3rd 3 out, weakened into 4th from next, 4th of 8, well behind Paint The Clouds (11-12) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
Qualypso D'allier (FR) 50-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway and in touch 9th, pushed along after 11th, behind from next, soon lost touch, tailed off when mistake 3 out, and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Bradley (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Vintage Class (IRE) 13-2 (12-0) (cp) (tt) nvr on terms, 5th of 10, 23l behind Soulard (12-0) at Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers 3m ptp gd in Mar.