Benvolio's two runs so far suggest he isn't one of his yard's brightest prospects and he returns from a break here. We fancy SAMMYS GONE to concede 6lb to the Nicholls horse and the others as he still looks to be on an upward curve and won very easily on his hurdles bow at Hereford last month. Glenwood Prince and High Ville should be thereabouts again, while Hot Whiskey may be capable of better but One For The Boss has been well beaten in two starts over timber and Rocky Bender may need more time.
Sammys Gone (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Not fluent, took keen hold and held up in rear, steady headway 4 out, chasing leaders when blundered next, recovered to chase leader approaching 2 out, led soon after 2 out, clear well before last, easily, won at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Raduis Bleu (10-5) by 18l, 11 ran.
Benvolio (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway when bumped 3 out, went 3rd soon after, went 2nd before 2 out until 2 out, stayed on same pace, kept pressing for 3rd, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Fear Glic (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Conn Man (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up, mistakes 6th, 7th and 8th, soon tailed off, last of 6, well behind Spanish Optimist (10-13) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Corton Ridge Beat All gelding out of Purbeck Polly.
General Ross (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 14, 33l behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Glenwood Prince (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Alw pr, rdn in cl 3rd 2out, rallied to chall last, hdd close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Pocketfullapennies (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
High Ville (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, one pace, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Halo Moon (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 5th, pushed along after 3 out, driven and went 3rd after 2 out, no extra in 4th flat, 4th of 12, 5l behind Weekend Millionair (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
One For The Boss (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st, lost place from 4th, tailed off 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind Thomas Crapper (11-4) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, hit 3rd, awkward and went 2nd soon after 7th, weakened soon after 3 out, 7th of 13, 30l behind Buck's Bond (10-9) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Stockade 50-1 (11-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, some headway on inside 8f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 16, 33l behind Werenearlyoutofit (10-13) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Dora Canina 66-1 (10-6) Mid-division, ridden 6f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Quick Decisson (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Tooney Malooney 200-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, hit 4th, ridden after 4 out, weakened quickly before next, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.