Newbury second Susquehanna River may just be a few pounds too high but arrives in better form than the majority of his rivals. Havingotascoobydo has been very disappointing this term but Savant Bleu has been running a little better than his form figures suggest and Mart Lane was third over course and distance earlier this month. REGAL PRESENCE proved a slow burner over hurdles and his chase career is following a similar path. But he hasn't been disgraced and gets in here off a very fair mark considering his potential. He's preferred to Categorical and the returning Real Milan.
Mart Lane (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Mid-division, went 4th before 4 out, kept on same pace to take 3rd run-in, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Night In Milan (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd.
Real Milan (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 14th, soon chasing leaders, slow 4 out, effort next, weakened before last, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Good Order (10-4) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Apr.
Savant Bleu (FR) 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, hit 8th, went 3rd 15th, close enough when slight peck 3 out, pecked again 2 out, ridden and no extra between last 2, 6th of 8, 9l behind Fine Parchment (11-7) at Sandown 3m (3) gd.
Yellow Ball (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 7, 36l behind Via Sundown (11-6) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden 5 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 36l behind Racing Pulse (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) In rear, struggling before 5 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by De La Bech (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs, 8 ran.
Susquehanna River (IRE) 11-2 (10-10) Jumped right at times, led until 5th, led again next, narrowly headed 10th, led again next (water), mistake 13th, narrowly headed approaching 2 out, driven and held before last where not fluent, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Top Dancer (11-1) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Categorical 11-4 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway to track leaders 6th, blundered and dropped to rear 14th, pushed along and rallied after 4 out, to 3rd before 3 out, one pace and no impression before next, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Nodform Richard (11-11) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Regal Presence (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 5 out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders, 4th of 8, 26l behind Gas Line Boy (11-9) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.