THE NEPHEW has been ridden by Richie McLernon to his two recent victories and he keeps the ride on the very progressive five-year-old, who can defy a massive 14lb penalty. AP McCoy is on board Chestnut Ben, who appeared to enjoy the softer ground when successful at Fontwell and is 8lb higher. Red Rock came in for strong support on his reappearance at Plumpton but made a bad mistake early in the race which appeared to unsettle him. Julie Prince won easily at Huntingdon and started favourite at Stratford next time but ran poorly and needs to bounce back.
The Nephew (IRE) 5-2fav (12-1) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent 4th, mistake 6th, headway from 10th, challenged 3 out, led next, ridden clear flat, eased close home, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep beating Nouailhas (10-0) by 9l, 11 ran.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 6 out, challenged last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Sep beating Osmosia (11-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Julie Prince (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked winner, led 3rd, soon headed, mistake and ridden 8th, 2nd from 4 out until 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 29l behind Catch Tammy (11-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Gizzit (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, steady headway 6th, chased leaders 8th, went 3rd before 4 out where not fluent, no chance with leading pair, weakened 2 out, lost poor 3rd post, 4th of 7, 37l behind Green Wizard (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) hvy in May.
Take Of Shoc's (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 4th, lost place when hit 4 out, well held after, 4th of 8, 15l behind Groomed (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Red Rock (FR) 5-2fav (10-13) Held up and behind, not fluent 4th, blundered 6th, headway to 2nd at 8th, led next, headed before 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Fearless Leader (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 4th, not fluent next, closed 8th, outpaced from 10th, well beaten 14th, soon left remote 3rd, 3rd of 4, well behind Connectivity (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chs (4) gd in Sep.
The Grey One (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 4 out, one pace, 6th of 8, 42l behind Chestnut Ben (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Sep.