There is still a question mark over STEVIE THUNDER's stamina but, lightly-raced over hurdles, Ian Williams' charge could be thrown in here on his handicap debut as he's had another good season on the Flat despite not winning. Turbo Du Ranch is still a maiden over timber so the four-year-old Sporting Boy may be the danger if last week's run at Wincanton has blown away a few cobwebs as Mark Twain is having a confidence-booster before going back over fences and Perfect Reward will also be tackling the larger obstacles again sooner rather than later. Belle De Fontenay usually finds at least a couple too good but is preferred to Piment D'Estruval of the others.
Mark Twain (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Prominent, jumped right and not fluent 1st, lost place after 4th, behind when pulled up after 8th, in a race won by Larks Lad (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Led, clear after 2nd, mistake 3 out, headed next, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Natural High (11-6) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 7-4 (11-0) Led, soon clear, headed approaching 2 out, staying on when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Sonoran Sands (10-13) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Mar, 7 ran.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 11th of 20, 25l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Piment D'Estruval (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Held up behind, headway 3 out, chased winner before next, every chance between last 2, soon ridden, one pace when lost 2nd last, no chance with front pair flat, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Romanesco (11-9) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Dizzy River (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Towards rear, pushed along 5th, mistake next, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 39l behind Goldan Jess (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Perfect Reward 22-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Prompter (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Bob's Legend (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Behind, some late headway, never a factor, 6th of 10, 21l behind Oscar Nominee (11-8) at Doncaster 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gd in Feb.
Split Ear (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mistake 1st, towards rear, headway into 10th after 3 out, improved into 5th entering straight, ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 19l behind Dont Tell Pa (10-4) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Stevie Thunder 2-1fav (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, slow 2nd, in 4th when hit 6th, chased leading pair after 3 out, stayed on to modest 2nd flat, never any chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 12, 23l behind Kilburn (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in May '11.
Adorabella (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inside approaching 3 out, no impression, soon weakened, 12th of 16, well behind Gud Day (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Ajman (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up, 4 lengths 6th 3 out, mistake last, kept on towards finish, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Man In Black (11-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct '11.
Whispering Wind (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Always behind, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Kayfrou (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 15 ran.