Dystonia's Revenge won an incident-packed renewal of this a year ago and is 3lb lower despite a good run over the C&D last time. Harris Hawk looked a decent staying prospect when completing a Newcastle double in March but has run poorly on his two most recent starts while Fentara has had very little experience over fences. BRUNSWICK GOLD easily won over the C&D on New Year's Day and a recent run in a jumper's bumper will have put him straight. He just gets the nod over Ballyoliver, who has been raised 9lb for a battling victory at Newbury. The Hollinwell is an enigma who will no doubt turn up again one day when least expected.
Fentara 17-2 (10-11) In touch in 5th, headway before 10th, badly hampered on rail before 12th, good headway to chase winner before last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Red Rocco (11-2) at Newcastle 3m Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) hvy.
Ballyoliver 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch 10th, led narrowly approaching 3 out, driven after last, ridden and held on well towards finish, won at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs beating Present To You (10-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Columbus Secret (IRE) 28-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, outpaced from 5th, weakened before 4 out, last of 6, 25l behind Kings Grey (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway halfway to go in touch, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, kept on towards finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Kent Street (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Tracking leader when mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Nodform Richard (11-10) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 7 ran.
The Hollinwell 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakened 4f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Dystonia's Revenge (IRE) 15-2 (10-10) Settled in rear but in touch, chased leaders 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, led last, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Nodform Richard (11-10) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Harris Hawk 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, blundered 2nd, pushed along and lost place 13th, 7th of 8, 35l behind Definite Appeal (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.