Power Pack Jack has become disappointing but is nicely handicapped if he can rediscover his old form. Noble Witness won over track and trip around this time last year and also scored at Catterick in December while Nom de Guerre was beaten less than a length here in November off today's mark, though hasn't been seen since. FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT carries a penalty for last week's success at Southwell but looks to be heading in the right direction now and can follow up as Not So Sure Dick may need another run to get up to speed and Thorncliffer has gone backwards since winning at Wetherby in December.
Noble Witness (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Held up in touch in rear, headway 4th, ridden 4 out, weakened after next, 5th of 8, well behind Rouge Et Blanc (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs.
Nom de Guerre (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up behind leaders, jumped slowly 9th, headway 13th, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Red Rouble (11-10) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Not So Sure Dick (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 2nd, lost place 6th, pulled up before 8th, in a race won by O Crotaigh (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Power Pack Jack (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Prominent, mistakes, bumped 13th, disputing 2nd 4 out, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 13, 27l behind Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 8th, mistake 14th, closed 15th, went 2nd after 4 out, led 3 out, clear next, eased close home, won at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Pretty Penny (9-11) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Basil Fawlty (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway when not much room 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 10, 25l behind Reginaldinho (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Lemon's Gent 33-1 (10-4) Led, headed 3rd, pressed leader, led again 11th, ridden and joined 4 out, headed next, soon dropped to 3rd, not fluent 2 out, no chance with leading duo soon after, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 8, 21l behind Handy Andy (11-0) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Abbey Dore (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up, mistakes 2nd and 10th, ridden next, weakened 12th, tailed off 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Somerby (10-9) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 9 ran.
Thorncliffer 11-2 (9-13) Prominent on outside, not fluent 1st, blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Franklin Roosevelt (11-10) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 8 ran.