Sew On Target won over a shorter trip here in January but has struggled off higher mark since and, taking into account James Best's claim, has to concede 11lb today to OSCAR DAVY. Philip Hobbs' seven-year-old is still finding his feet over fences but this looks a little easier than recent tests as most of the opposition arrive out of sorts. Cruchain is one, though is well treated on his best form. Try Catch Me invariably finds at least one too good while Henok has proved disappointing so far. Mister Wiseman isn't getting any younger but Le Grand Chene won here in February, though finished tailed off when favourite next time at Leicester.
Sew On Target (IRE) 10-3fav (11-5) Led until approaching 3rd (water), dropped to 3rd, slow jump and lost 3rd at 6th, dropped to rear and reminders 8th, no chance after, 6th of 8, 30l behind Silver Roque (11-12) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Oscar Davy (IRE) 10-3 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd at 13th, went 2nd before 3 out, no impression when dropped to 3rd soon after 2 out, went right and tired last, weakened to 4th in closing stages, 4th of 5, 25l behind Arbeo (11-2) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Cruchain (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, headway approaching 8th, no extra before last, 7th of 12, 26l behind Denali Highway (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Russian Conquest 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders on outside, not fluent 4th, in rear when pushed along 9th, mistake next, soon lost touch, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Rouge Et Blanc (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Try Catch Me (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Chased leader until approaching 4th, chased leaders, blundered 6th, badly out pace and lost place 9th, rallied to 3rd soon after 2 out, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Speedy Bruere (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Henok (FR) 16-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, went right 4th, mistake 7th, headway to 4th before 8th, ridden and no impression between last 2, stayed on to press for modest modest 3rd at the last, 4th of 6, 13l behind Jump City (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) sft in Mar.
Mister Wiseman 10-1 (11-4) Led, headed 5 out, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 6, 50l behind Time To Think (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 4-1fav (10-11) In touch, 5th when in view after 8th, well beaten 4 out, 6th of 8, 40l behind Morgan's Bay (10-11) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.