TOPAZE COLLONGES didn't have much to beat at Lingfield last month but that was a deserved reward for his efforts this season. Charlie Longsdon's grey has only been raised 4lb and may be good enough to follow up with Noble Witness still struggling to get his head in front, likewise Top Benefit. Kap West looks a danger, however, as he won here in the summer and should be all the better for a recent second at Exeter while Photogenique was second over C&D earlier this month, though is 2lb wrong in the weights today.
All For Cash 11-2 (10-10) Towards rear, some headway before 11th, weakened 6 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.
Noble Witness (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Tracked leaders on outside, challenged 4 out, led 3 out until 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Red Rouble (11-10) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 13-8fav (11-12) Made virtually all, driven 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov beating Sablazo (9-7) by 1l, 6 ran.
Bertenbar 13-2 (11-10) Tracked leader, led approaching 7th, ridden after 3 out, came to stands side after next, driven out, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov '11 beating Grand Article (10-7) by 2l, 6 ran.
Top Benefit (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) In rear, blundered 10th, ridden next, went remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 7, 34l behind Musical Wedge (11-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Kap West (FR) 7-1 (11-8) Held up and behind, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders next, driven in 2nd and every chance from 2 out until approaching last, not pace of winner flat, went 2nd post, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Smokey George (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Mujamead 11-1 (11-4) Led until before 2nd, chased clear leader, closed 8th, fell 4 out, in a race won by Armedanddangerous (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 6 ran.
Photogenique (FR) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, bumped 9th, left 2nd 4 out, stayed on, flat, unable to get to winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Armedanddangerous (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Kinkeel (IRE) 200-1 (11-7) Behind, struggling 7th, never dangerous, last of 7, well behind Sprinter Sacre (11-7) at Sandown 2m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft.