Beforeall went up 8lb for his victory over Venetian Lad with Upton Meade a long way behind at Plumpton and wasn't beaten far in a follow-up attempt here though another 3lb rise won't aid his cause. The runner-up should get much closer while Donnas Palm has won eleven races in Ireland and is gradually dropping to a winnable mark. SEVENTH HUSSAR has suddenly found his form though his two victories at Lingfield came on bottomless ground. Providing the going remains testing he can complete a hat-trick.
Beforeall (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Always prominent, led 11th, strongly challenged approaching 2 out, headed last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Donnas Palm (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, ridden 10th, well beaten 4 out, 9th of 16, 30l behind King Massini (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd.
Venetian Lad 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd 9th, stayed on to 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Beforeall (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Upton Mead (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Held up in last pair, headway, went 3rd after 8th until ridden 12th, weakened next, last of 5, well behind Bincombe (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Seventh Hussar 1-2fav (11-6) Tracked leader, hit 1st, mistake 4th, led 8th, pressed when left well clear 3 out, not fluent 2 out, hit last, won at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov beating Budsson (10-0) by 35l, 3 ran.