Despite being far from fluent, Bob Ford managed to land the odds at Chepstow a fortnight ago. He'd earlier been pulled-up at Haydock when Sixty Something finished second. The latter was still well beaten by Bobcatbilly but should be involved in the finish once again. Dual hurdles winner LIENOSUS makes his chasing debut and if running anywhere near his rating over timber, Evan Williams' charge can come out best. Colonel Iain made a promising start over fences only to disappoint at Catterick in January while Awesome Freddie could prove best of the rest on his first start over fences.
Bob Ford (IRE) 8-15fav (10-9) Led, not fluent 9th, not fluent and headed 12th, led before 5 out, soon headed, led again 4 out, not fluent 3 out, drew clear from next, won at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) sft beating Danners (11-0) by 43l, 3 ran.
Awesome Freddie 5-1 (10-13) Held up on inside, took keen hold, not fluent and weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lienosus (11-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Colonel Iain 13-8 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent, weakened 4 out, last of 3, 43l behind Dungeel (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.
Lienosus (IRE) 17-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders and wide, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Seeyouatmidnight (11-6) at Haydock 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Midnight Mustang 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, slightly hampered 2nd, not fluent 6th, well beaten after 13th, went modest 3rd from 2 out, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Keltic Rhythm (10-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Feb.
My Dads Horse 14-1 (11-0) Not fluent, held up in 3rd, hit 7th, mostly behind from next, pushed along 12th, mistake 4 out, well beaten after next, last of 3, well behind Victor Hewgo (11-7) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gd.
Sixty Something (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, blundered 7th, soon outpaced, headway before 3 out, soon chased winner, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Bobcatbilly (10-8) at Haydock 2m 5f (3) hvy in Feb.