Franklin Roosevelt remains less than fluent over fences so did well to get his neck in front at Plumpton in May. ROYAL CHATELIER is more reliable and went close to landing a hat-trick when finding only Dimpsy Time too good over these fences on his final start of last season. He gets the nod given Always Bold has yet to win a chase in 12 attempts though he went frustratingly close at Uttoxeter recently. Jayandbee scored at Newton Abbot in August but an 8lb rise proved beyond him back at the same track while Redlynch Rock and Quayside Court were both beaten out of sight despite making the frame on their latest starts.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, went 3rd at 13th, went 2nd before 14th, mistake 4 out, blundered next, driven and looked held last, rallied on inside as leader idled flat, led final 50 yards, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May beating Leg Iron (11-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Led, headed approaching 4 out, soon ridden, rallied before last, soon every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Dimpsy Time (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Always Bold (IRE) 9-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 11th, went 4th 5 out, plugged on from 3 out, chased winner after last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Bennys Well (9-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Jayandbee (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner before 10th, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Orange Nassau (11-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Global Warming (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Chased leaders to 12th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Addiction (11-1) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
Redlynch Rock (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Not fluent, tracked leading pair 1st, mistake 10th, soon outpaced and no chance with leading duo, continued tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Dawn Commander (11-5) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gf.
Minella Ranger (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, jumped right 1st, bad mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Jayandbee (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug, 8 ran.
Hinton Indiana 8-1 (11-4) In rear, not fluent 5th, always behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Riddlestown (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft, 8 ran.
Joaaci (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) In touch in 4th, weakened after 15th, 6th of 7, well behind Orange Nassau (11-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Quayside Court (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Led from 4th, headed 11th, ridden before 3 out, led 3 out, headed before 2 out, lost 2nd last, one pace, 3rd of 11, 25l behind Von Galen (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.