Hard to be enthusiastic about such a modest affair featuring a sextet of questionable types. Apart from Richenda Ford, whose sole training success this term came with Somerby who lines up here, Jamie Snowden is the only yard in the contest to have sent out winners this season. His representative here is Soutine who may well make it 13 for the stable in the current term but he is asked to concede weight all round. He has every chance of doing so if transferring some reasonable hurdling form to fences but that's a big ask over 3m2f around here. Therefore, SOMERBY is taken to land a second success of the campaign for both himself and his trainer. He looks more solid, reliable and consistent than his rivals and that may just suffice in such a low-key affair. Laughing Game pulled up last time but is not ruled out on some fair staying efforts around here in the past.
Soutine (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, in touch 5th, reminder 10th, blundered 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 35l behind Ciceron (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Feb.
Poppy Gregg 33-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 8th until 10th, one pace and no impression from 4 out, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Sydney Paget (11-7) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) sft.
Somerby (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Prominent, went 2nd approaching 9th until 4 out, no impression on leading pair from next, 3rd of 10, 23l behind Loughalder (10-10) at Chepstow 3m Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) sft.
Alteranthela (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, short of room 7th, joined leaders 13th, ridden to press winner 3 out until 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Gemini Ahhs (11-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Laughing Game 20-1 (9-9) Prominent, hit 6th, soon lost place, tailed off before 11th, pulled up, in a race won by Keeverfield (10-13) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb, 12 ran.
Jerry Lee (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent 3rd, out of view before 6th, last pair when in view 11th, no impresison, 6th of 8, 42l behind El Dancer (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft.