Sizing Italy did well to beat Steps To Freedom at Killarney and was then second to the prolific Rebel Fitz at Galway. But BALDER SUCCESS may be good enough to give the Irish raider 3lb having jumped well and won with a bit more in hand than the official margin suggests against decent opposition at Chepstow last week. The Cockney Mackem often flatters to deceive and Gud Day may be out of his depth but Dark Lover should pay his way and there will be more to come from Mr Watson as he gains experience, though would prefer softer going.
Balder Succes (FR) 5-2 (11-4) Jumped well, pressed leader, challenged from 6th, led 5 out, pushed clear before last, ridden out, won at Chepstow 2m 3f nov chs (2) gd beating The Romford Pele (11-4) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Gud Day (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Mostly 3rd until challenged 3 out, led next, ridden flat, ran on well, won at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep beating Agricultural (10-11) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Sizing Italy (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, disputed 2nd before 2 out, improved to lead after last, ridden entering straight, headed run-in and no extra, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Rebel Fitz (11-9) at Galway 2m 1f nov chs hvy in Aug.
The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led 2 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Castletown Bridge (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Dark Lover (GER) 7-4fav (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leader, led 3rd until next, pressed leader, led again after 6th, ridden and headed just before 2 out, no chance with winner when dropped to 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Prospect Wells (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Earls Quarter (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Waited with, not fluent 1st, closer in 5th before straight, no impression under pressure when fell last, in a race won by Jenari (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr '12, 12 ran.
Mr Watson (IRE) 4-7fav (11-4) Not always fluent, held up last, reminder after 8th, pushed along and no response before 4 out, eased before 2 out, tailed off, last of 4, 44l behind De Faoithesdream (11-11) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) gf in Sep.