mid-division, headway 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, soon outpaced, mistake last, ran on closing stages, no chance with easy winner
led, soon joined, headed 2 out, no extra flat
held up in rear, mistake 1st, headway to chase leaders 5 out, never able to challenge
chased leaders mistake 6th, slow next, weakened 9th, tailed off when jumped right 2 out
with leader, driven approaching 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off
held up in rear, mistake 6th, weakened 8th, soon tailed off, pulled up 6 out
chased leaders, went 2nd 6 out, led 2 out, clear last, easily
Bearly Legal makes a quick reappearance after scoring at Carlisle on Tuesday. He has every chance of completing the hat-trick but Steel Summit will be a danger as he wasn't beaten far back over fences at Market Rasen earlier this month and Degooch is a previous course and distance winner who got back on track at Sedgefield last month. HATTERS RIVER has been a bit hit-and-miss over fences so far but he has ability and form in better races than this. The handicapper has also started to show him a bit of leniency so Ali Stronge's charge could offer a bit of value in this. Major Milborne won at Newbury in December and is another with decent claims.
Bearly Legal (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Held up in mid-division but in touch, smooth headway to chase leaders 8th, led approaching 2 out, hard ridden, all out, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs beating Solway Dornal (9-7) by 3l, 8 ran.
Steel Summit (IRE) 5-2fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and dropped to rear 4 out, rallied 2 out, kept on one pace from next, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Crazy Jack (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Degooch (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, clear before last, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Gin Cobbler (9-7) by 4l, 4 ran.
Major Milborne 11-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, hit 4th, jumped slowly and lost place 6th, pecked 8th, no impression after, well held 4 out, 5th of 7, 36l behind Owen Na View (11-5) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Hatters River (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up in last pair, mistake 4th, pushed along and struggling in 5th before 4 out, 6th and beaten when eased towards finish, 6th of 9, 11l behind Shuil Royale (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
The Banastoir (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, well behind Our Kaempfer (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Gray Hession (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, mistakes, 5th halfway, no extra after 2 out, eased run-in, 7th of 9, 39l behind Behemoth (11-3) at Tramore 2m 7f beg chs gd in Aug.