SOMERBY, a winner over 3m here last season on bottomless ground, ploughed through the mud to score on his reappearance at Chepstow. Richenda Ford's 10-year-old may enjoy a fitness advantage over most of his rivals and looks to have been found a good opportunity to win again. Goring Two hasn't raced since April but is another who generally enjoys the mud and he makes more appeal than September's Newton Abbot second Rusty Nail. The maiden Tchang Goon is closely matched with Goring Two on last season's form and has run most of his best races here so could make the frame.
Officially Modern (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Led unitl 7th, chased leaders, weakened 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind Harangue (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Somerby (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Jumped well, led, briefly headed 7th, pushed along before 3 out, in command 2 out, soon pushed clear, easily, won at Chepstow 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) sft in Oct beating Flugzeug (11-0) by 9l, 5 ran.
Goring Two (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, driven before 2 out, outpaced soon after 2 out, 4th of 8, 14l behind Jamesson (10-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f cond hcp chs (5) gd in Apr.
Seventh Hussar 25-1 (9-7) Always behind, lost touch 9th, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Red Anchor (9-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Rusty Nail (IRE) 7-2 (10-3) Held up last, mistake 6th, headway on inside approaching 10th, hit 10th and ridden briefly, went 2nd 12th, no chance with easy winner, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Sadler's Star (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
According To Them (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) In touch in rear, ridden and outpaced from 10th, left remote 2nd 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 30l behind Relax (12-2) at Plumpton 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Mar '12.
She's Humble (IRE) 15-2 (10-1) In rear, pushed along and struggling after 6th, tailed off and pulled up after 9th, in a race won by Upton Mead (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Tchang Goon (FR) 5-1 (10-0) Held up, stumbled 2nd, headway to 4th at 5th, went 3rd after 8th, went 2nd before next, mistake 4 out, soon dropped to 4th, went left and bumped 3 out, took modest 3rd next, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Oranger (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Apr.