THORNCLIFFER won at Wetherby in December and has been placed in his last couple of starts at Leicester and Huntingdon. He gets 9lb from the hat-trick-seeking Quayside Court and that may be enough to see him get his head back in front as Claire Dyson's course winner is probably more effective on quicker ground. Doubletoilntrouble is tried in blinkers in a bid to get him back on track and he should prove best of the rest as Himayna has had numerous chances and Monroe Park still has a bit to learn about jumping fences.
Doubletoilntrouble (IRE) 11-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, headway approaching 14th, lost place 16th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by The Clyda Rover (10-1) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd, 10 ran.
Quayside Court (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, led 11th, ridden when pressed 2 out, stayed on well, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs beating Royaume Bleu (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Midnight Dove 50-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along 7th, headway 9th, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Be My Deputy (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Himayna 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, bumped 1st, last when mistake 5th, outpaced approaching 7th, tried to close 10th, weakened before 4 out, left remote 3rd after 3 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Be My Deputy (12-2) at Leicester 2m 4f Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) sft.
Thorncliffer 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 4th, led 10th, headed 2 out, kept on, no impression from last, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-10) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Monroe Park (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Tracked leading trio, left 3rd 2nd, went 2nd 5th, led narrowly 13th, narrowly headed when blundered badly next, soon beaten, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind El Dancer (11-7) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) sft.
Photogenique (FR) 50-1 (10-0) Towards rear, hampered and last 5th, behind from 8th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Be My Deputy (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.