BROWNS BROOK is burdened with a big weight carrying a penalty for last week's victory at Huntingdon. But he was unextended to score by a distance on that occasion and the hat-trick beckons. The Last Bridge is also penalised for his recent victory in heavy ground at Southwell and should be thereabouts again while Lord Fox went close at Ayr last month in between a couple of poor efforts but is 7lb higher today. Top Benefit wasn't beaten far at Towcester on his latest start and makes more appeal than Highland River, a well beaten runner-up at the same track recently.
Browns Brook (IRE) 6-4fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, jumped left and not fluent 4th, challenged 3 out, soon led, not fluent 2 out, easily, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy beating Lough Coi (10-3) by 23l, 7 ran.
Kentford Legend 40-1 (11-0) Mistake 1st, always last, mistake and no chance from 6th, well tailed off and eased before 4 out, last of 4, well behind Vukovar (10-8) at Newbury 2m 2f nov chs (3) sft in Dec.
Dermatologiste 9-2 (11-7) Refused to race, in a race won by The Last Bridge (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 9 ran.
Noble Witness (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Led to 6th, led again 5 out, headed after 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 4th of 9, 33l behind The Last Bridge (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
The Last Bridge 5-2fav (10-8) Mid-division, driven along halfway, headway before 6 out, led after 4 out, clear and blundered 2 out, kept on well, won at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy beating Somerby (11-1) by 8l, 9 ran.
Crescent Beach (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) With leader, weakened from 7th, 6th of 12, 46l behind Oh Right (9-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Lord Fox (IRE) 11-4fav (10-7) Held up in touch, went 3rd 4 out, weakened from 2 out, lost places run-in, 5th of 12, 39l behind Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Highland River 7-1 (10-8) Led, headed 4th, pushed along before 6th, weakened before 4 out, reminders before 3 out, hampered in 4th 2 out, went 2nd before last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 19l behind Freckle Face (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Top Benefit (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, headway before 2 out, went 4th before last, kept on towards finish, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Smart Exit (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Killfinnan Castle (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Held up, headway when hit 9th, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Kap West (10-3) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar '12.
Mezarat (ITY) 9-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway when stumbled badly 6th, soon lost place, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Freckle Face (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Newton Thistle 250-1 (11-0) In rear, tailed off before 5 out, last of 7, well behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.
Rudinero (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Led to 8th, remained close up, weakened from 15th, 5th of 7, well behind Top Benefit (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.