An interesting novice chase in which FIRST FANDANGO makes considerable appeal to notch a first fencing success. A more than useful hurdler, he has gone very well on both chasing starts to date, running the useful There's No Panic close at Fontwell and hunting up the promising Forgotten Gold at Aintree when last seen. That sets a very decent standard here and he should be too good for Brady, especially with Michael Byrne claiming a valuable 5lb. The latter was beaten over 20l on his Wetherby chasing debut and lacked the talent of the selection over timber too. He needs to improve on what he's achieved to date to figure here, whilst Sainglend and Mavalenta are decent sorts over timber who now make their fencing debuts. Both are worth keeping an eye on and are preferred in that order.
Brady (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Led, headed 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 21l behind Rose Of The Moon (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs.
Eighteen Carat (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) Soon niggled along in rear, reminder 7th, lost touch 10th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Merry King (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 7 ran.
First Fandango 5-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, not fluent 12th, hit 3 out, driven after next, held flat, stayed on, 2nd of 3, 1 3/4l behind Forgotten Gold (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) sft in Oct.
Sainglend 12-1 (11-12) Led until 5th, chased leader until approaching 2 out, 3rd and one pace between last 2, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Cue To Cue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Mavalenta (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Prominent until 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 42l behind Ely Brown (9-10) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Oct.