PENMORE HILL was always travelling strongly when beat French Canadian over course and distance last month, though did idle after jumping the last. That experience can give him the edge over winning pointers Bavard Court and Firmount Beech, who both tackle regulation fences for the first time today. Native Bob was second at Huntingdon when last seen under Rules last May but recent form between the flags is a bit off-putting.
Penmore Mill (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Jumped well in the main, took keen hold tracking leading pair, led 4th, made rest, lear after 3 out, well in command when stumbled last, soon ridden and recovered, stayed on well, won at Fakenham 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) sft in Mar beating French Canadian (11-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Bavard Court (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Cl up til no ex 2 out, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Cheyanwe (11-10) at East Essex 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Firmount Beech (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Went 2nd 11; wknd rap 15, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Harbour Court (12-0) at Kingston Blount 3m ptp in Mar.
Native Bob (IRE) 16-1 (12-8) Trckd ldrs til ur 15, in a race won by El Jo (12-5) at Essex Farmers & Union 3m ptp sft in Feb, 6 ran.