Topthorn beat Sublime Talent and Monarch's Way at Ludlow last month but was well beaten when favourite at Taunton next time. The second-named was never going the pace behind Australia Day at Taunton subsequently while the latter was beaten at Sedgefield. Miss Tenacious has won twice at Wincanton recently but seems to like small fields and this may be too competitive for Ron Hodges' mare. FIFTYONEFIFTYONE came right back to form when scoring at Fontwell and is still well treated on his old form. A follow-up looks on the cards here with Star Galaxy and Bennys Quest having a bit to prove at present.
Sublime Talent (IRE) 3-1fav (10-3) In rear, headway from 4 out, went 3rd before next, no impression, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Australia Day (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.
Monarch's Way 7-2 (11-3) Led, mistake 5th, headed next, mistake when upsides 10th, soon ridden, edged left after last (normal 2 out), 3rd and beaten bypassing omitted last, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Ballybriggan (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Miss Tenacious 6-4fav (11-8) Made all, clear from 2 out, unchallenged, won at Wincanton 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating Teshali (11-7) by 12l, 4 ran.
Henry Hook (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Disputed lead, bumped 8th, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fiddlers Reel (10-5) at Perth 3m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Soon tracked leader, every chance 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating Try Catch Me (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Captain Sully (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) In rear, weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Super Collider (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Topthorn 6-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st or 5th, one pace in 3rd from 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Manger Hanagment (11-7) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Apr.
Star Galaxy (IRE) 11-1 (11-11) Held up in mid-division, headway 8th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, 36l behind Sparville (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Bennys Quest (IRE) 3-1fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, led 6th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 17l behind Diamond Frontier (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gd in Apr.
Knapp Bridge Boy 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened before 4 out, went poor 5th last, 5th of 6, 34l behind Brody Bleu (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.