Lake Legend has been in good form between the flags lately and is still a comparative youngster in chasing terms. Alan King clearly thinks he can hold his own in handicap company. Peachey Moment and Rackham Lerouge come here off the back of respective wins at Sedgefield and Fontwell but have to give weight to FORTY FIVE. The J P McManus-owned gelding has proved difficult to win with and didn't beat much at Hereford last week but did his job with the minimum of fuss and could easily defy the penalty here if in the same mood. Paul Webber's pair Edgbriar and Icy Colt are both useful on their day but Phare Isle is often let down by his jumping and this may be too tough for Iona Days while No Panic was due to run at Ffos Las last night.
Edgbriar (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway after 11th, no impression on front trio and well held after 3 out, 4th of 14, 22l behind Chance Du Roy (11-4) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Peachey Moment (USA) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway before 10th, challenged on bit between last 2, led before last, stayed strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Carrietau (11-7) by 5l, 8 ran.
Rackham Lerouge (FR) 6-5fav (11-12) Held up in touch, headway to join leaders 4 out, led after next, drew readily clear from last, eased towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Psi (11-4) by 10l, 4 ran.
Icy Colt (ARG) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, in touch after 5th, weakened 3 out, 11th of 13, 41l behind Spock (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Lake Legend 1-2 (12-7) Led to 2 & 11 til hdd 3 out; led app last; all out, won at Dingley 3m ptp gs in May beating Teeton Dazzler (12-0) by hd, 11 ran.
Persian Gates (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led 3rd, headed before 12th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 10, 33l behind Plunkett (10-7) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Phare Isle (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Led until 2nd, with leader until blundered and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Aachen (10-11) at Towcester 2m 6f nov chs (4) gs, 4 ran.
Forty Five (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, clear approaching last, coasted home, won at Hereford 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf beating Daneva (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
No Panic (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, not fluent next, reminders 8th, jumped slowly next, weakened 10th, pulled up after 13th, in a race won by Point Blank (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May, 6 ran.
Iona Days (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) In rear, headway 5th, soon tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 3 out, kept on one pace flat, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Carabinier (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Epee Celeste (FR) 15-2 (11-0) Pressed winner, lost place 2 out, ridden and weakened last, 5th of 6, 23l behind Cuban Piece (11-9) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.