On last year's form, Salut Honore would be a danger to obvious selection LANDENSTOWN STAR but Alex Hales' charge, who won on heavy ground here just under a year ago, has hardly picked his feet up in three runs this term. The top weight is therefore taken to add to last week's easy Ffos Las win under a penalty as he clearly likes the mud. Wherrimon missed a year after winning in soft ground at Fontwell in 2011 and is another badly out of sorts while Master Conor has yet to show any real sign of ability.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) In touch, headway 6th, led 9th, driven clear 2 out, stayed on strongly, eased closing stages, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy beating Royal Mile (10-9) by 16l, 7 ran.
Wherrimon 16-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 8th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 31l behind L'Eldorado (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Salut Honore (FR) 18-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, stumbled badly 8th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Master Conor (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Prominent, mistakes 1st and 2nd, blundered 7th, soon struggling, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Classical Mist (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs, 9 ran.