Royale Knight was backed off the boards at Newton Abbot after a successful spell in point-to-points but found little when push came to shove and has still to make the frame in 11 starts under Rules. We have no problem taking him on here with the veteran RASH MOMENT, who is gradually getting back to full fitness judged on his latest fourth at Worcester and won off a 4lb higher mark at Ffos Las in March. Terra Bleu was due to run in a better race here yesterday but hasn't shown much over fences so far while Sulpius is only modest, though this is only his second start over the larger obstacles. The others haven't shown enough lately to warrant support.
Mangonel 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Zepnove (9-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 8 ran.
Royale Knight Evensfav (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in touch in mid-division, headway after 6th, disputing close 2nd 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Allerton (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Sep.
Ilewin Tom 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 3rd, weakened 9th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Bennys Quest (11-6) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Terra Bleu (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd 4 out until not fluent next, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Zepnove (9-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Rash Moment (FR) 20-1 (10-4) Mid-division, jumped right 3rd, headway after 9th, no extra 2 out, 4th of 11, 17l behind Le Seychellois (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.
Sulpius (GER) 18-1 (10-7) Chased leaders on outside, lost place 5th, mistakes 8th and 9th, behind when bad mistake 12th, 9th of 12, 32l behind Local Present (10-0) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.
Bob Casey (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 7th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 45l behind Phoenix Eye (10-4) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Sep.