A few of these made the frame on their latest starts. Rocky Bender and Royaume Bleu both went close at this track and Towcester respectively but Dimpsy Time was still beaten a long way when runner-up here earlier this month. ROYAL CHATELIER carries a penalty for a nine-length victory at Ffos Las a week ago but is fancied to land a hat-trick in his current form and he gets the nod. The Big Freeze is reunited with winning partner Richard Johnson and should be thereabouts again.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 6-4 (10-12) Chased leaders, not fluent throughout, hard ridden to challenge last, soon every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Roll The Dice (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs 0-110 (4) hvy.
The Big Freeze (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) In rear, mistakes 1st and 2nd, not much room 5 out, headway 4 out, 4th and one pace approaching last, 4th of 16, 14l behind Noble Legend (11-1) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 11-4fav (11-6) Pressed leader, led 5th until next, disputing lead from 13th, led 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Billybo (10-13) by 9l, 8 ran.
Border Station (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) Held up in touch in rear, jumped right and not always fluent, headway 5 out, weakened 2 out, last of 5, 41l behind Marie Des Anges (11-1) at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Shantou Breeze (IRE) 50-1 (10-3) Last pair, never a factor, tailed off, 7th of 10, 38l behind Five Rivers (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Royaume Bleu (FR) 7-2 (11-7) Led until 11th, rallied after 3 out, hard ridden to challenge next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Quayside Court (10-6) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Dimpsy Time 33-1 (10-12) Chased leader, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, left 2nd 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 12, 20l behind Pyleigh Lass (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Witness That (IRE) 50-1 (10-3) Chased leaders until 7th, soon weakened, 18th of 19, well behind Tolkeins Tango (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Moscow Mule 150-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 8th, ridden 3 out, soon beaten, 5th of 8, well behind Opera Og (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.