Loose Chips didn't look the most fluent of jumpers on his chasing bow at Plumpton but will have benefited for the experience. BENVOLIO tries his luck over the larger obstacles having ended last season with a double over timber. A half-brother to a winning chaser, Paul Nicholls' charge gets the nod. Rendl Beach can match any of these over hurdles but got no further than the second fence on his chasing debut at Exeter and Who Owns Me was less than impressive in a similar event at Stratford last month.
Loose Chips 2-1 (11-5) Raced freely, sometimes jumped right, soon led, went right and headed 4 out, stumbled and lost 2nd 3 out, no chance with leading duo, held on for 3rd, 3rd of 4, 27l behind Uxizandre (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 4f (3) sft in Oct.
Benvolio (IRE) 17-2 (11-3) Pressed leader, not fluent 6th, led next, ridden when not fluent 2 out, edged left before last and flat, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb beating Old Tricks (11-1) by 2l, 9 ran.
Rendl Beach (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Led until blundered and fell 2nd, in a race won by Sonofvic (11-4) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 3 ran.
Curtain Razer (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway approaching 7th, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 13, 47l behind Master Of The Sea (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Colebrooke 20-1 (11-4) In touch, ridden and lost place 2 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct, 16 ran.
Who Owns Me (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 7th, ridden and lost place 3 out, 6th of 10, 46l behind Midnight Prayer (11-3) at Stratford 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.