Delphi Mountain won a lower grade contest at Exeter in between a couple of poor efforts. REGGIE PERRIN makes more appeal as he was spotted making up late ground to finish third at Fontwell last time and this looks easier. Acapulco Bay has looked in the handicappers grip since recording last year's double but August Hill is a leading contender on his second to Bobbie Boru in testing ground here on Boxing Day. Cappielow Park was expected to finish closer in a seller at Fakenham last time and Nothing Is Forever has struggled off higher marks since winning over these obstacles last May.
Delphi Mountain (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 5 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, 7th of 16, 23l behind Take The Crown (10-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Noble Friend (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, ridden to challenge 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 14l behind Superciliary (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
August Hill (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Superciliary (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Lord Of The Dunes 9-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, weakened before 5 out, 9th of 10, well behind Hector's Choice (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Acapulco Bay 12-1 (10-2) Towards rear, ridden to chase leaders before 3 out, kept on under pressure from next, no impression, 4th of 13, 11l behind Sea Lord (11-11) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Reggie Perrin 5-1 (10-2) Held up in last trio, reminders after 4th, dropped to rear next, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, kept on flat, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Jeano De Toulouse (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Electric Mayhem 33-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, ridden 3rd, behind from next, 12th of 15, 48l behind Withy Mills (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Whileaway (USA) 33-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden and lost place after 4th, weakening when blundered 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Cheltenian (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Cappielow Park 4-1 (11-5) In touch in rear, ridden when headway approaching 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Powertakeoff (10-4) at Fakenham 2m (5) sft in Feb.
Cranky Corner 66-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden and headway 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 12, 20l behind Hold The Bucks (10-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Nothing Is Forever (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Pressed leader until 3 out, lost place before next, soon weakened, 7th of 9, well behind First Morning (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, jumped right, held up last, blundered and rider lost iron briefly 5th, fell 9th, in a race won by Benny The Swinger (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 5 ran.