Pastek has been in grand form in point-to-points but has only managed two places in 14 previous starts under Rules. RUMBURY GREY, on the other hand, has taken to regulation fences like a duck to water and drew readily clear to complete his hat-trick at Ffos Las last month. Benedictus was a market rival that day but got no further than the second obstacle and now has a bit to prove, while Allerford Jack must bounce back quickly from being pulled up over a longer trip between the flags eight days ago having won his previous two starts.
Rumbury Grey 11-10fav (12-1) Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, headway 5 out, ridden to challenge next, led 3 out, drew clear from next, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Mar beating Dollydo (10-12) by 7l, 15 ran.
Allerford Jack 6-1 (12-0) Held up; eff up 19; 6th when pu 2 out, in a race won by Keppols Hill (12-0) at Trebudannon 3m 4f ptp gd, 7 ran.
Benedictus (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) In touch when blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Rumbury Grey (12-1) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Mar, 15 ran.
Pastek (FR) 4-5 (12-0) Ap; led aft 9; ro wl, won at Badbury Rings 3m ptp gf beating Miss Midnight (11-7) by 8l, 5 ran.
Tork To Me (IRE) 5-4 (12-0) Ap; led 13 til hdd last; no ex up flat, 2nd of 6, 2l behind John Daniell (12-0) at Badbury Rings 3m ptp gf.
Lilac Wine 40-1 (11-7) (cp) in tch to 10; to & pu 13, in a race won by Molon Labe (11-7) at Howick 3m ptp gs in Mar, 17 ran.