Meister Eckhart's absence may have left the way open for AMBION WOOD to break his duck. He was 12 lengths ahead of subsequent Towcester scorer Close House when second at Exeter last time and the return to a longer trip is probably in his favour. Finnegan Paddy has already won a point-to-point and looked as though his turn wasn't far away over hurdles when third over C&D earlier this month, though has a little to find with second Rojo Vivo on that run. A market move for dual bumper winner The Tracey Shuffle would have to be taken seriously and Nutin Fancy has every chance on the form book and will strip fitter for last month's reappearance here. Richmond was third a handicap at Newbury last time but is a bit more exposed than some.
Ambion Wood (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 4th, chased winner 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden before last, just under 1 length 2nd last, one pace and held when switched left flat, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Moorland Sunset (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft.
Finnegan Paddy (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Prominent, under pressure 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, kept on well closing stages, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Knock A Hand (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Glacial Harry 80-1 (10-5) Behind, jumped left 6th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Imperial Circus (10-12) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd, 14 ran.
Heavenstown (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, weakened before 4th, tailed off, 8th of 12, 43l behind Jumps Road (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Meister Eckhart (IRE) 4-5fav (12-0) Disputed early, chased leader in 2nd after 4f, improved to challenge 3f out, soon led, pushed out and kept on well from 2f out, comfortably, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct beating Ravensbury (12-0) by 6l, 5 ran.
Mountain Hiker (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Jumped poorly, chased leaders until mistake lost place and towards rear after 1st, went badly right 4th, blundered next, plugged on and modest 7th when hit last, 7th of 13, 17l behind Nowurhurlin (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Nutin Fancy (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, one pace from 3 out, no impression, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Knock A Hand (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Richmond (FR) 4-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, went 4th after 4 out, stayed on to 3rd before last, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Di Kaprio (11-9) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Rojo Vivo 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge 4 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Knock A Hand (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Simply Ben (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Mistake 3rd behind most of way, 8th of 18, 43l behind Same Difference (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
The Tracey Shuffle 50-1 (11-5) Led to over 3f out, soon lost place, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 10th of 24, 19l behind Cheltenian (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Traditional Bob (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) In last pair, struggling before 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 32l behind Gullinbursti (11-5) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Truckers Benefit (IRE) 6-5fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not always fluent, went 2nd briefly before 3 out, weakened quickly 2 out, eased, 4th of 5, 48l behind Akbabend (11-4) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Always behind, 9th of 14, well behind Lets Get Serious (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.