Joly Maker won his first race at Southwell in October but failed to follow up off the same mark over hurdles and was then only fourth at Uttoxeter. Wenceslaus has had only two runs over fences, winning at Southwell in October. He probably came up against a well-handicapped rivals last time over timber and has every chance but it’s about time LAND LEAGUE was getting his head in front over the larger obstacles. He’s finished second three times and was placed again at Huntingdon last month, though it’s a surprise to see Stuart Edmunds leave the blinkers in place. Mr Dorrell Sage was badly hampered at Taunton and should be capable of better.
Clondaw Storm (IRE) 10-1 (12-1) Held up and behind, headway chasing leaders when not fluent 8th, pushed along in 3rd after 4 out, ridden before next, plugged on, 3rd of 10, 15 1/2l behind Battleofthesomme (10-4) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Wenceslaus (GER) 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, effort before next, soon ridden, upsides and every chance last, kept on, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Battleofthesomme (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) sft in Nov.
Mr Dorrell Sage (FR) 17-2 (11-2) Held up, hampered 3rd, mistake and struggling 8th, never a factor, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Pointed And Sharp (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Land League (IRE) 5-1jfav (11-12) Close up, ridden 4 out, chased clear winner 2 out, lost 2nd next, 3rd of 16, 20l behind Master Vintage (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Lady Master 5-2jfav (11-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 4 out, behind from next, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Joly Maker (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Held up behind, headway 4th, tracked leaders 5 out, effort on outside 3 out, ridden between last 2, no impression with front pair before last, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 7 3/4l behind Heavenly Promise (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Nov.
Torrent Des Mottes (FR) 40-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden 2 out, plugged on, never nearer, 7th of 15, 22 1/4l behind Battleofthesomme (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) sft in Nov.
Midnight Owle 25-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, not fluent and dropped towards rear 2nd, headway on outside after 8th, lost place next, ridden after 11th, weakened 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, at Taunton 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Agentleman (IRE) 18-1 (10-2) Held up in mid-division, closer in 4th place before 5th, 3rd 3 out, 2nd next, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 15l behind All Good Things (10-11) at Southwell 2m hcp (5) sft in Nov.