chased leader, ridden and not keen on paddock bend after 5th and lost 2nd, went 2nd again 7th, led approaching 3 out, headed after 3 out, chased winner and soon driven, stayed on same pace from next
GETAWAY DRIVER seems to have taken time to come to himself over hurdles and his last two runs have delivered notable progress. He wasn't beaten at all far when fourth at Market Rasen last time, his yard remains in good heart and this looks a good opportunity on a track that should suit. Osmosia has disappointed the last twice over fences and reverting to hurdles looks a sensible move. Her last two runs over timber read well in the context of this contest and Timmy Murphy looks an interesting and good booking. Spirit D'Armor looks in with a shout off topweigtht and many eyes will be looking to see if handicap debutant Saves Time attracts the cash. Jonjo O'Neill frequently does well with lightly-raced sorts moving into handicap company for the first time.
Spirit D'armor (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Not fluent, with leader, led after 2nd, headed before next, stayed close up until ridden before 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Chesil Beach Boy (11-5) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Theredballoon 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lovcen (10-9) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov, 10 ran.
Saves Time (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, slow 4th, soon under pressure, headway 2 out, stayed on to go remote 2nd last strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 49l behind Peckhamecho (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Getaway Driver (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) In touch, headway to chase winner 6th, ridden 3 out, no extra and lost 2 places flat, 4th of 9, 4l behind Rhythm Seeker (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Raifteiri (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, closed and mistake 3 out, no impression when lost 3rd before next, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 23l behind Mujamead (9-11) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Isleofhopendreams 12-1 (11-6) Tracked leader until 6th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Harry Topper (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 6th, behind next, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Broadbackbob (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Monroe Park (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Mid-division, weakened 9th pulled up next, in a race won by Abnaki (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Dec, 11 ran.
Osmosia (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, under pressure 7th, headway 4 out, moderate 4th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Sawago (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.