Riddleofthesands won at Ludlow last month but couldn't follow up off a higher mark here next time. He may be vulnerable again while Phoenix Des Mottes carries a penalty for a recent victory at Market Rasen and may be better over longer trips nowadays. LITTLE JIMMY was just beaten by Pamak D'Airy in a driving finish at Newcastle two weeks ago. The handicapper has taken a risk by leaving him on the same mark and he can open his account for the season.
Riddleofthesands (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Led until 4th, led next until 8th, outpaced after 2 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 4th of 9, 27l behind Sonofagun (11-6) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Midnight Macarena 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 37l behind Badgers Cove (11-1) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Kyles Faith (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Soon well behind, tailed off 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by Sonofagun (11-6) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 9 ran.
Little Jimmy 2-1fav (10-3) Tracked leader after 3rd, every chance last, kept on and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Pamak D'airy (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Weston Lodge (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Led, headed after 4th, lost place after 6th, tailed off 5 out, blundered next, 12th of 15, well behind Speckled Door (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 11-1 (9-10) Led until 2nd, led again after 10th, stayed on well to come clear from 2 out, won at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating Solway Dornal (10-1) by 8l, 7 ran.
Wheelavher 16-1 (9-7) Led, headed 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 5th of 13, 36l behind Silver Dragon (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.