STOW made a mess of the last and was caught close home by Belle De Fontenay over track and trip earlier this month. But you would expect Michael Blake's once-useful eight-year-old to take his revenge on better terms today with Josh Wall again taking off 7lb. Sublime Talent could feature back over hurdles as he looks favoured by the weights but Thinger Licht has much to prove at present and Persian Herald appears to reserve his best for Fakenham, where he was fourth in a handicap 10 days ago. Woody Waller, like Sublime Talent, is another who's been chasing.
Persian Herald 5-1 (11-9) Chased leader until after 3rd, pushed along chasing leaders, outpaced 2 out (normal 3 out), rallied and hung left flat, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind White Diamond (11-2) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Thinger Licht (FR) 66-1 (11-9) Held up, ridden and struggling 6th, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Ut Majeur Aulmes (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 15-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led before 5th, headed after 3 out, no chance with leaders before next, lost remote 4th near finish, 5th of 9, 37l behind Beyeh (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f (4) gs.
Stow 16-1 (11-3) Led until 2nd, chased leader, not fluent 3rd, jumped left and not fluent next, closed after 3 out, led before next, mistake last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Belle De Fontenay (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f sell (5) gs.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, closed 7th, led approaching last, soon headed, stayed on same pace flat, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Going Wrong 15-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, lost place quickly and pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Rattlin (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs, 9 ran.
Sublime Talent (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Behind, under pressure 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 30l behind Un Anjou (10-9) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Woody Waller 14-1 (11-5) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along before 5 out, soon weakened, lost touch next, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Umberto D'olivate (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov, 10 ran.