Be My Deputy only beat ODDJOB by half-a-length here 10 days ago and now has a 7lb penalty. You would expect the Pipe inmate to reverse that form today and he gets the nod. Chestnut Ben makes a swift reappearance after finishing second at Fontwell on Wednesday. He looks to be on the way back but Himayna is becoming increasingly difficult to predict and Kinkeel may have past his sell-by date. Kayfton Pete is struggling to get his head in front but is steadily dropping down the handicap and makes more appeal than the out-of-form Chapel House.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 6th, ridden and edged left after 2 out, headed before last, edged right and led again flat, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb beating Oddjob (11-2) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Kayfton Pete 6-1 (10-13) In rear, went 4th from 6th, went 3rd 4 out, disputing 2nd when bumped 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Sawpit Supreme (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Chapel House 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 4th, jumped right and not fluent 8th, headed 3 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Todareistodo (11-6) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Chased leader, led approaching 4th, mistake and headed next, chased leader, led again 9th, ridden flat, headed and no extra final 120 yards, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Upton Mead (9-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Oddjob (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, went 2nd before 4 out, led approaching last, headed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Be My Deputy (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Himayna 28-1 (11-9) Chased leaders until blundered and almost unseated rider 5th, lost place soon after, well behind at 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sulpius (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Kinkeel (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened before 5 out, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Le Grand Chene (10-11) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.