Another competitive handicap in which most have some sort of chance. Templepark has yet to finish out of the frame over fences but he’s not won over a trip this far. Overland Flyer won on his final start last season and shouldn’t fail through lack of fitness but Bally Longford is probably due a rest and looks fully exposed. Mahlermade could figure if in the mood while Walt won a Grade 3 at Kempton earlier this year and is starting to slip down the weights again but CRESSWELL LEGEND looked to be on the way back at Exeter and is just preferred. Brother Tedd is another with stamina to prove and Jersey Bean hasn’t taken to fences so far, though remains unexposed.
Walt (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Led 1st until before next, pressed leader until 4th, remained in 2nd until 10th, chased leaders, weakened 4 out, 5th of 6, dist behind Mellow Ben (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Cresswell Legend 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, hit 12th, went 2nd 4 out until after 3 out, no extra and not fluent last, 3rd of 10, 10 3/4l behind Golden Sunrise (11-2) at Exeter 3m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Bally Longford (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) In touch, driven in 5th when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Brother Tedd 4-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, driven after 4 out, chased leaders under pressure next, ridden after 2 out, stayed on into 3rd after last, never going pace to get on terms, 3rd of 9, 9 3/4l behind Forth Bridge (11-3) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Templepark 9-4fav (11-12) With leader led 6th, challenged from 3 out, left clear last, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Kilcara (11-4) by 15l, 9 ran.
Jersey Bean (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Jumped right, led, headed 5th, tracked winner, pushed along 4 out, ridden and slightly outpaced 2 out, rallied to chase clear winner approaching last, kept on, 2nd of 5, 21l behind Redzor (11-2) at Fakenham 3m (3) gd in Oct.
Overland Flyer (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, lost a few places after 4th, mistake 12th, headway 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Feb beating Dentley De Mee (11-4) by 3 3/4l, 8 ran.
Mahlermade (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mostly chased leader until 13th, chased leaders, weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Anteros (10-4) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Monty's Award (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 4 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/4l behind Luckofthedraw (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.