held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, pushed along after next, driven and edged right before 2 out, chased leaders approaching last, stayed on run in, went 4th towards finish
De La Bech ploughed through the Lingfield mud last month to get off the mark and should be suited by the step up in trip. Uttoxeter third Cheat The Cheater looks an out-and-out stayer while Okafranca appeared to have plenty left in the tank when doubling up at Taunton nine days ago and will be fancied to complete his hat-trick. TOP DANCER hasn't been easy to place but rarely runs a bad race and is back in novice company today after a couple of good performances against more experienced handicappers. He could be a bit of value to get off the mark with Uttoxeter runner-up Koultas King arguably the pick of the remainder.
De La Bech 7-2 (10-12) Led, headed narrowly before 2 out, led again between last 2, stayed on well to go clear flat, comfortably, won at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov beating Until Winning (10-12) by 20l, 8 ran.
Oscar Papa 20-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden after 9th, behind 13th, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Pete The Feat (11-12) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked winner until 5th, stayed handy, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, no extra flat, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Grouse Lodge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Highland Retreat 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 5th, outpaced after 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 12, 10l behind Midnight Appeal (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Top Dancer (FR) 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, driven 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression before last, 4th of 13, 19l behind Fred The Shred (10-3) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Cornish Ice 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, ridden before 3 out, one pace and no impression before 2 out, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Moscow Presents (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Kaylif Aramis 9-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th or 5th, ridden when close up 2 out, went 2nd when mistake 2 out, no impression on winner before last, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Tealissio (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Okafranca (IRE) 9-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 9th, went 2nd soon after 3 out, led soon after, idled flat, driven out, won at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Fortuna Rose (11-2) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Koultas King (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Tracked leader, led 3rd, headed 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Dreams Of Milan (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Wings Of Icarus (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Call Me Sir (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, good headway on outside to 3rd after 3 out, went 2nd and closed approaching next, led approaching last, ridden and kept on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) sft beating Be All Man (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bally Sands (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Chased leaders until ridden and weakened rapidly 6th, tailed off, 20th of 23, well behind Aegean Dawn (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov '10.
Tothemoonandback (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd on outer, pushed along and in rear before 4 out, soon tailed off, last of 6, 25l behind Billy Merriott (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Struanmore 66-1 (10-11) Led from 1st, headed 3rd, led again 3 out, headed before last, weakened run-in, 5th of 15, 8l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.