held up, mistake 12th, joined leaders 3 out, led last, driven out
tracked leaders, joined leaders 4 out, mistake, held from next
led, jumped right 13th, headed approaching 4 out, ridden 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out
held up, pecked 2nd, mistake 7th, unseated rider 9th
tracked leaders, driven 13th, ridden to lead approaching 4 out, headed last, not fluent
Verasi is impossible to oppose in this novices chase with Supreme Huntress and Burren Legend rating the main dangers. The selection has been in the form of his life of late and won well last time when beating Old Benny. Granted he has another penalty for that win but he looks progressive and under conditions that suit he is taken to win again. Supreme Huntress rates the main danger on his best form as he was staying on well until making a bad mistake last time out if his jumping holds he he will not be far away but that is a big if. Burren Legend is game and consistent and is sure to run his race, he was third behind Shardakhan last time but his overall form leaves him with plenty to find with the principals. The remainder have shown little and are readily opposed and for the winner we return to Verasi who is taken to win this before going on to better things.
Verasi 7-4 (11-8) Held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, led 2 out, driven clear flat, won at Warwick 3m nov chs (2) hvy in Jan beating Old Benny (11-0) by 6l, 6 ran.
Burren Legend (IRE) 3-1fav (11-6) Mid-division, ridden after 13th, went 3rd after 4 out, never a danger to leading pair, 3rd of 12, 30l behind Shardakhan (11-11) at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Jan.
Master Alf (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always in rear, tailed off 10th, 5th of 7, well behind Ruairi (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 5f mdn chs (4) gs in Jan.
Supreme Huntress (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Towards rear, staying on from 4 out and held when mistake 2 out, 6th of 14, 16l behind Le Briar Soul (10-11) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
The Speaker (FR) 33-1 (11-10) Held up, ridden after 9th, tailed off when pulled up at the 12th in race won by Phareight Dei (9-7) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 15 ran.