Mangonel bounced back from a disappointing effort at Uttoxeter to score at Folkestone 10 days ago but Jim Best's mare comes up against a similarly progressive type here in JOHNNY OWEN. David Brace's six-year-old has a double penalty to carry after recent wins at Southwell and Hereford but still gets 21lb from his likely market rival and can complete the hat-trick before he's re-assessed, though Esteem's connections may fancy their chances of turning the tables on latest running on 7lb better terms. Anay Turge is one-paced but looks the pick of the remainder.
Kowloon (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden in remote 9th after 7th, soon well behind, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Broadbackbob (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Dirty Deal 50-1 (10-9) Went left start and slowly away, always behind, tailed off before 4th, hampered 2 out, 14th of 16, well behind Tempest River (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Dontsayathing (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, not much room and switched right next, chased leading pair soon after, strong challenge and chased winner after last, kept on well, just held, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Strategic Plan (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov '09.
Capdalight (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, slow 4 out, mistake and lost 3rd 3 out, weakened soon after, kept on again flat, 6th of 7, 27l behind Sablazo (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Anay Turge (FR) 9-2 (10-4) Led, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Chesil Beach Boy (11-5) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Johnny Owen (IRE) 1-2fav (10-2) Pulled hard, led and soon well clear, reduced advantage 3 out, 5 lengths up when not fluent 2 out, hit last, all out, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Esteem (10-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
What's For Tea 20-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, led 5th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, left in 3rd at last, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Whatshallwedo (10-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) sft in Dec.
Mangonel 5-2 (11-4) Led until 2nd, chased leader, led again 2 out, drew clear on long run to last, eased closing stages, won at Folkestone 2m 1f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy beating Matrow's Lady (11-2) by 14l, 4 ran.
Esteem 12-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders in chasing group, went 2nd before 4th, 5 lengths off winner 2 out, hung left flat, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Johnny Owen (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.