tracked leaders, blundered and unseated rider 4th
never better than mid-division
in rear when pulled up 6 out
close up, ridden 4 out, left remote 2nd at last
led, headed 8th, tracked leader until 4 out, weakened 3 out, left 3rd at last
always in rear
in touch, led 8th, dived violently right and headed 2 out, chased winner when dived right again and unseated rider last
mid-division, jumped right 5th, weakened next
in rear, behind when pulled up 6th
in rear, headway to chase leaders 5th, ridden 4 out, no impression
held up, headway 4th, chased leader 4 out, going well when left in lead 2 out, soon clear, comfortable
TAKEROC hardly covered himself in glory when favourite at Ludlow last month but this drop to 2m is very much in his favour and Richard Barber's eight-year-old looks the one to beat here. Battlefield Bob was third over 2m5f here on his hunter chase debut and should be thereabouts again but a long absence will probably count against Fairwood Present and Jaamid tried to refuse when tailed off at Sandown three weeks ago. Muhtenbar was a decent performer in his heyday but became increasingly unreliable when with Henrietta Knight and it remains to be seen if new surroundings will rekindle his enthusiasm.
Jaamid 14-1 (11-11) Well in rear, modest 6th when blundered 3 out, tailed off when tried to refuse last, 5th of 12, dis behind Just Amazing (12-4) at Sandown 2m 4f hts chs (5) gs in Feb.
Muhtenbar 7-1 (11-12) Prominent, downed tools 4th, soon behind, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Noble Crusader (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Dec '09, 8 ran.
Kinfayre Boy 14-1 (12-0) Led 6-9 & 12 til saddle slpd & ur bend aft 3 out, in a race won by Rakerin Lad (12-3) at Corbridge 3m ptp gs, 7 ran.
Basic Fact (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) With leaders on inside, led 7th to next, in touch, hit 11th, weakened 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mount Benger (11-13) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Battlefield Bob (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Led after 1st, not fluent next, mistake and joined from 8th, left clear 11th, mistake 2 out, hung left and headed approaching last, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 19l behind What Of It (11-7) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hunt chs (6yo+) (5) gd in Feb.
Cheapside (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) in a race won by Current Exchange (12-0) at Whitwick Manor 3m ptp gs in Feb, 12 ran.
Fairwood Present (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Mid-division, went 5th after 7th, close 4th when hampered 4 out, hampered 2 out, went 2nd last, switched left flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Ryeman (11-10) at Stratford 2m 1f hts chs (5) gf in May.
Made In Montot (FR) 50-1 (11-12) In rear, tailed off when pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Good Company (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
Mister Pous (FR) 16-1 (12-0) Stdy hdwy 12; wknd app 3 out, 7th of 15, 39l behind Offshore Account (12-0) at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp in Jan.
Naxox (FR) 33-1 (12-5) Sn to; pu 2 out, in a race won by Nomadic Dreamer (12-5) at Whitfield 3m ptp in Feb, 17 ran.
Takeroc (FR) 13-8fav (11-5) Prominent in chasing group, went 3rd 12th, chased winner 13th, blunderd and lost 2nd 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 13, 19l behind Good Company (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Copper Bay (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 8th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quay Meadow (10-2) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Mar '10, 14 ran.