Aodhagan Conlon managed to persuade the reluctant BRILLIANT to put his best foot forward at Fakenham nine days ago. Paddy Brennan has the job today and third home Brigadore is 4lb better off, which should make things interesting. But Alan Jones' grey emptied quickly at the Norfolk track which doesn't bode well for his chances of getting home on this much stiffer course so we'll take Debra Hamer's charge to go in again. Low Delta is a regular in this type of contest but better over further so more interesting may be Andy Gin, who is now in the veteran stage but has gone well here in the past and was third on his reappearance after a long lay-off over C&D earlier this month.
Grand Fella (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Yeoman (10-13) at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Dec, 15 ran.
Brigadore (USA) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leader, chased clear leader 2nd, ridden 3 out, flattend next, led approaching last, headed flat, no extra, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Brilliant (9-12) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs.
Andy Gin (FR) 10-1 (10-6) Held up in chasing group, closed 3rd, mistake 4th, went 3rd 2 out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Orang Outan (10-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Low Delta (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, soon hard driven, never on terms, 4th of 14, 31l behind Molly Round (10-7) at Towcester 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Jan.
Tavalu (USA) 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced approaching 13th, no impression from 4 out, 6th of 12, well behind Sir Winston (10-13) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (4) gs in Nov '09.
Lightening Fire (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Led and took keen hold, hit 4th and 5th, headed 7th, remained close up, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 11, 19l behind King Benny (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Jan.
Brilliant (GER) 3-1 (9-12) Held up, reminders 3rd, headway 6th, went 3rd next, challenging when short of room approaching last, driven and every chance flat, led final strides, won at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs beating Mad Professor (9-7) by hd, 9 ran.
Ravenscar 12-1 (10-7) Prominent, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 12, 24l behind Follow The Sun (11-11) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs in Jan.
Fantastic Morning 7-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, hit 3 out, soon pushed along and weakened, 8th of 10, well behind Authentic Act (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Jan.
Humbel Times (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Always behind, tailed off before 5th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Caught By Witness (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan, 10 ran.