Foggy's Wall opened his account over hurdles with a victory in maiden company at Newton Abbot. He should be in the mix once again but ROMAN FLIGHT is just preferred. The latter went close to catching Gifted Leader at Market Rasen last month and can go one better off the same mark. Gores Island was in the lead at Exeter when falling a couple of fences from home and reverts to the smaller obstacles while Victor Leudorum is 7lb higher than when scoring at Worcester in October. Invicta Lake and Ballinalacken found only one too good last time and look best of the remainder.
Victor Leudorum (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, hit 4th, pressed leader 14th, weakened quickly after 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Wiesentraum (11-0) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Roman Flight (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Keen in touch, ridden and headway 2 out, went 2nd run in, gaining towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Gifted Leader (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Foggy's Wall (IRE) 1-2fav (10-10) Always prominent, led before 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr beating Twice Returned (10-13) by 9l, 9 ran.
Gores Island (IRE) 5-2fav (11-8) Held up behind in touch, headway 8th, challenged on inside 10th, led after 5 out, ridden 2 lengths clear when fell 2 out, in a race won by Midnight Lira (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, headed soon after, ridden before 2 out, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Auld Sthock (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Ballinalacken (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway after 7th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd from last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Refer (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Minella Special (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division, ridden towards rear after 3 out, soon struggling, 9th of 15, 24l behind Taradrewe (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.