tracked leader, hit 8th (4 out), led 3 out, soon pressed, ridden and joined when blundered and unseated rider last
set steady pace, mistake 4th, mistake and headed 3 out, soon outpaced, ridden and hit next, beaten when left modest 3rd last
took keen hold in 3rd until not fluent at 8th (4 out), 4th, pushed along and outpaced approaching 3 out where mistake, no impression when left modest 2nd at last
held up in close 4th, tracked leading pair 8th (4 out), challenged next, switched left approaching last, every chance when pecked and left clear last
Yet another small field and it is ONE OF THE BOYS who can see off the three-pronged challenge of Evan Williams, the best of whom looks to be Dusk. In an all-Welsh affair, the selection is one of two horses that come into the race in good form. He impressed with the grit he showed to hold on at Fontwell last time out and he deserves a 7lb rise in the weights. He is unexposed still over fences and has the services of the talented Tom David aboard today claiming five pounds off his back. Dukedom makes his chasing debut today and needs to be watched for market support, Russeltown Boy is another Irish import who has a little to prove at present, and the more interesting rival is their stablemate Dusk. This son of Fantastic Light comes here on the back of a ready win at Fakenham and a 7lb penalty may not be enough to stop another bold bid. However he faces different conditions here today and so we will instead plump for top-weight One Of The Boys.
One of The Boys (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway to lead after 4 out, ridden from 2 out, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs beating Wondersobright (10-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Dukedom 100-1 (10-11) Led to 3rd, weakened approaching 4 out, 12th of 15, well behind Manyriverstocross (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.
Russellstown Boy (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Always behind, struggling 5th, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ready To Crown (11-5) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd, 16 ran.
Dusk 11-4 (10-6) Held up, took closer order 7th, mistake 10th, ridden 3 out, challenged between leaders soon after 2 out, driven to lead last, ran on, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd beating Morestead (11-2) by 7l, 7 ran.