held up, pushed along after 8th, outpaced next, rallied from 2 out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home
led until 9th, ridden and hit 2 out, weakened last
tracked leaders, not fluent, hit 4th, chased along after next, mistake 7th, losing touch when mistake 8th, pulled up after
tracked leader, mistake 7th, led when mistake 9th, jumped right 3 out, soon ridden, headed close home
Shammy Buskins carries a penalty for his win at Worcester in August and was taking on better opposition when third at Cheltenham last time. He could easily return to winning ways here but generally requires a stiff test of stamina and can give trouble at the start. We'll take him on with CARRICKMINES, who is better known as a chaser but more than capable of a bold showing over the smaller obstacles and well treated at the weights in this. Monbeg Dude could be suited by the step up in distance and still has time on his side, as has Chuckery who makes his debut over timber after a couple of runs in bumpers.
Shammy Buskins 40-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 8th, ridden after next, outpaced when not fluent 4 out, stayed on approaching last, soon went 3rd, no impression, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Ongenstown Lad (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Oct.
Carrickmines (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Led until approaching 8th, ridden and lost place 10th, blundered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Prince De Beauchene (10-5) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Chuckery (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leading pair, pushed along 8f out, badly outpaced over 5f out, rallied to modest 4th over 1f out, 4th of 8, 26l behind Tony Dinozzo (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Monbeg Dude (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, beaten from 2 out, one pace, 5th of 8, 9l behind Paddy The Hare (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Try Catch Me (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 14th of 23, well behind Zest For Life (11-7) at Punchestown 3m 1f crs cntry chs (5yo+) gd in Apr '10.