Real Treasure was a shade fortunate to get off the mark over fences at the first time of asking at Fontwell. Kim Bailey's mare looked to playing second fiddle when leader State Benefit came down three out and was all out to hold on close home. She has a penalty to carry here and is taken on with BOTTMAN. Tim Vaughan's grey still has a little to learn about jumping fences but can be excused his latest third over a longer trip at Fakenham and won on soft ground over hurdles. Rith Bob won at Fontwell last month but then fell when favourite in a three-runner race at Wincanton and has been well beaten over hurdles since. She needs to bounce back while winning pointer Tullow Boy and Saphire Night return from a break and Penn Da Benn has shown nothing since returning from injury.
Bottman (IRE) 5-4fav (11-10) Led, blundered 11th, headed 14th, ridden 2 out, mistake last, kept on one pace, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Helpston (11-10) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
Penn Da Benn (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear and keen, headway on inner before 7th, joined leader 8th, led briefly 4 out, weakened before next, 8th of 9, 39l behind Ockey De Neulliac (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f 4yo clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Real Treasure 7-1 (10-7) Rider lost iron briefly after 1st, held up behind in touch, headway to track leader 4 out, 2 lengths down when left well clear next, 10 lengths clear last, ridden and idled flat, held on near finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f beg chs (4) sft beating Brackloon High (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Rith Bob (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Led until 2nd, led again after next, never jumped well throughout, headed 8th, under pressure 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 10, 30l behind Cinderella Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Tullow Boy 20-1 (12-0) Ap; led 2 out; ro wl, won at Trebudannon 2m 4f ptp fm in May beating Bollin Spark (12-0) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Saphire Night 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, jumped slowly 3rd, went left 6th, outpaced 17th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Petite Margot (10-6) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.