Sablazo hadn't been showing much before a surprise victory over Morestead at Lingfield. The runner-up is better off at the weights and should take his revenge though he didn't look the hardiest of battlers. LITTLE JIMMY, who was beaten 12l in that latter race, was going best of all until blowing up approaching the last and, as that was his first start since March, he's taken to reverse the form and gain his fourth success over fences on just his ninth outing. Malibu Sun was having just his second start over fences when giving supporters of Midnight Charmer a fright here a fortnight ago but has a preferred engagement at Towcester.
Moulin de La Croix 20-1 (10-6) Always behind, 7th of 8, 37l behind Glen Countess (10-13) at Bangor 2m 4f (4) gs.
Malibu Sun 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 5th, mistake 5 out, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Charmer (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Zhukov (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 3rd after 7th, hit 5 out, soon driven and weakened, 6th of 7, 37l behind Midnight Charmer (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Morestead (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Led, went left 4th, headed 7th, soon dropped to 3rd and driven before next, outpaced in 4th after 4 out, rallied approaching 2 out, went 3rd before last, stayed on under strong pressure flat, took 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Sablazo (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Little Jimmy 7-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, went 3rd after 4 out, pushed along before next, kept on same pace, lost 3rd before last, kept on same pace and no impression in 4th, 4th of 10, 12l behind Sablazo (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Prickles 25-1 (11-7) Jumped left, mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Capisci (10-9) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd, 8 ran.
Sablazo (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, went badly left 4th, led 7th, made rest, joined 3 out, pressed next, driven and stayed on flat, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov beating Morestead (11-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.