held up in last pair, headway approaching 4 out, 5th and staying on when badly hampered on inside on bend and almost unseated rider before 3 out, jumped right and went 4th 2 out, one pace
WITHY MILLS (NAP) only beat Home For Tea by half-a-length over course and distance earlier this month and the runner-up is a couple of pounds better off. But we'll take Kevin Bishop's charge to confirm the form and double his tally over fences as he's very much at home on the prevailing ground. Keychain has disappointed since beating multiple winner Jewellery at Sedgefield in September while The Rebel Panther has plenty to prove. But Devil's Dyke could be interesting if taking to fences and makes more appeal than Somechine, who has been off for a while, and Snowell.
Somchine 11-4 (11-0) Held up towards rear and keen, headway after 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Kilbree Kid (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul '13.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 2-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Gracchus (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.
Snowell (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Prettyasapicture (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Oct.
The Rebel Panther (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Led until 1st, tracked leader until 3rd, not fluent 4th, soon lost place, well behind before 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Sleep In First (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 7 ran.
Keychain (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Prominent, hit 7th, ridden after 4 out, weakened after next, 5th of 8, 27l behind Dance Floor King (11-8) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Home For Tea 11-2 (11-7) Held up in 4th, joined winner after 7th, led 4 out, hard ridden 2 out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Withy Mills (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy.
Withy Mills 7-2 (10-4) Pressed leader, led 7th, headed 4 out, ridden approaching next, rallied when stumbled 2 out, stayed on well to regain lead towards finish, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy beating Home For Tea (11-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.