pushed along almost throughout, led until hit 5th and headed, pressed leader, hit 11th and 4 out, led again narrowly 3 out and pressed before next, joined last, driven and held on towards finish
Invicta Lake, five times winner over hurdles, was beaten a long way on his only start over fences back in 2015. Frank N Fair completed a course and distance double last month but went up 14lb and couldn't handle better company and a longer trip on his latest visit. CLONDAW RIGGER has improved with every run over fences and gained a spectacular 18 length victory at Hereford a couple of weeks ago. Not surprisingly, the assessor has had his say with a 15lb rise but that doesn't look enough to prevent a quick double. Leo Luna looks a threat as he has been competing at a higher level and led for a long way over 3m4f here last time but Act Now ran poorly on his chasing debut at Wincanton on Boxing Day, though this is more like his trip.
Leo Luna 8-1 (11-0) Led until 12th, chased leader, led again before 4 out until 4 out, mistake and lost 2nd next, chased leading trio, no extra and lost 4th before 2 out, 4th of 11, 17 1/2l behind Vinnie Lewis (11-5) at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Jan.
Act Now 14-1 (11-0) With leader, hard driven 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Pearl Royale (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 4f (3) hvy in Dec.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Held up in 5th or 6th, headway 4th, pushed along chasing leading trio after 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 21 3/4l behind Golan Fortune (11-8) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Frank N Fair 11-1 (10-0) Waited with towards rear, steady headway before 4 out, 3rd before next, plugged on, never any chance with easy winner, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Vinnie Lewis (11-5) at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Jan.
Howlongisafoot (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along before 6 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, dist behind Cody Wyoming (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Clondaw Rigger (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Jumped left at times, disputed lead until after 1st, chased leader, led 6th, clear last, comfortably, won at Hereford 3m 1f hcp (4) sft in Jan beating The Kings Writ (11-12) by 18l, 13 ran.