Lough Coi won a maiden chase at Lingfield earlier this month and stays this longer trip. However, he's hardly consistent and has gone up in the weights. We prefer to take a chance on the less-exposed FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT who, though well beaten on his chasing bow at Taunton, gave the impression there would be more to come once he gained experience. Special Robon is also lightly raced and likely to do better in time but Truckers Benefit looks as though he's lost his confidence and the other trio make little appeal.
Lough Coi (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Tracked leading trio, slightly hampered 5th, went 3rd after 3 out until ridden next, soon went 3rd agin, driven to challenge last, led and hung left soon after, stayed on well, driven out, won at Lingfield 2m mdn chs (5) hvy beating Gandalfe (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in last, not fluent 5th, some headway 9th, weakened next, 5th of 7, 44l behind Emperor's Choice (11-0) at Taunton 2m 7f beg chase (4) sft.
Truckers Benefit (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Held up, headway on inside before 8th, not fluent 10th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th when pulled up before last, in a race won by Todareistodo (11-6) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Special Robon (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, stumbled 7th, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 18l behind Denali Highway (11-8) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Accessallareas (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 13, 11l behind City Press (11-0) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
Xenophon 40-1 (9-5) Chased leaders until lost place 8th, ridden and struggling 11th, tailed off, 7th of 8, 44l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Seventh Hussar 50-1 (10-9) With leader on outside, led 7th to after next, blundered 11th, soon lost place, weakened 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up before next, in a race won by Midnight Charmer (9-7) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.