BENNYS MIST could hardly have been more impressive when forging clear over track and trip two weeks ago. All but one of his six career victories have come on heavy going and, with conditions in his favour again, Venetia Williams' charge should take all the beating today despite a 6lb higher mark. Bertie Boru is another recent course and distance winner who may still be fairly treated but Ultragold could be a bigger threat now back in form. Coolking won't mind the ground and is also interesting while Forgotten Gold has been a bit unlucky so far this season. Requin could figure with a recent pipe-opener under his belt and preferred to Rouge Et Blanc of the remainder.
Carrickboy (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost place after 10th, soon well beaten, pulled up before last, in a race won by Double Ross (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft, 7 ran.
Forgotten Gold (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent until ridden after 10th (bechers brook), well beaten after 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 16, well behind Rebel Rebellion (11-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) sft in Dec.
Bennys Mist (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Tracked leader, led after 13th, clear from before 2 out, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy beating Forest Walker (11-8) by 7l, 8 ran.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 6th, jumped right 4 out, headed 2 out, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 6, 5l behind De Boitron (11-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along before 4 out, soon left 2nd, led before last, kept on, won at Wincanton 2m 5f (3) hvy beating Hansupfordetroit (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Ultragold (FR) 5-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders on inside, led 13th, headed after 3 out, soon ridden, 6 lengths down in 2nd when hit last, weakened into 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Via Sundown (11-6) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Coolking 9-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, chased leaders next, never on terms, 4th of 9, 21l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Webberys Dream 7-1 (11-0) Led to 3rd, reminders 8th, soon lost place and in rear, soon pulled up, in a race won by Velator (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Requin (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Chicklemix (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.