SAVEIRO jumped really well when slamming his rivals at Wetherby last week and a 7lb penalty shouldn't be enough to prevent a quick follow up. He finished eight lengths clear of today's rival Zazamix but was eased down and the latter is unlikely to get much closer while Storm Surge was pulled up after a bad mistake. The latter is better than that as he showed when scoring at Haydock in December and could prove the main threat. Blacktoft has been disappointing since landing a novice chase in 2010 but will have needed the run at Taunton last month while Gentleman Jeff ran very well in a handicap here last month but poorly at Market Rasen nine days ago.
Saveiro (FR) 9-1 (11-10) Held up, not fluent 1st, mistake 7th, headway after 9th, led 4 out, clear last, easily, won at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Zazamix (10-4) by 8l, 11 ran.
Blacktoft (USA) 11-1 (11-8) Led, mistake and headed 3 out, weakened before next, eased, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Fulgora (10-5) at Taunton 2m 1f clm hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Storm Surge (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, blundered badly 8th, lost place next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Saveiro (11-10) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 11 ran.
Gentleman Jeff (USA) 9-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 34l behind Lucky Landing (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Zazamix (FR) 22-1 (10-4) Held up, not fluent 2nd, jumped slowy 7th, ridden next, hung left from 3 out, went 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Saveiro (11-10) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Ouest Eclair (FR) 22-1 (11-5) Held up behind in touch, struggling 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Transact (9-11) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec, 7 ran.
Just Maddie 40-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakened from 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Chester Lad (11-0) at Newcastle 2m beg chase (5) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Ice Image (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, weakened from 9th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (10-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan, 9 ran.