Crack At Dawn always looked to be going well when winning under his amateur rider over track and trip last month but just held on in the end and may vulnerable under a 5lb higher mark. Chestnut Ben finally got his head in front again under McCoy at Fontwell on Sunday but now has a 7lb penalty while Daneva has finished tailed off since beating Crack At Dawn at Stratford in July. Blinkers did the trick for ECHO DANCER here in July and faster ground may have been to blame for a subsequent defeat. He still has scope over fences and can get back to winning ways today.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 6 out, challenged last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Osmosia (11-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Daneva (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Mid-division, outpaced when mistake 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, 10th of 11, well behind Roc De Guye (10-6) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Aug.
Crack At Dawn (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up, took keen hold, headway 5th, led after 10th, hung left approaching 4 out, edged left flat, soon hard pressed, just held on, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug beating Brousse En Feux (11-12) by ns, 8 ran.
Shalamiyr (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Led 3-14; wknd qckly nxt, 6th of 7, well behind Surenaga (11-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in Jun '12.
Go On Arch (IRE) 3-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th or 9th, mistakes 11th and 13th, jumped slowly and lost place next, weakening when blundered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Di Kaprio (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar, 5 ran.
Echo Dancer 13-2 (10-13) Held up, ridden after 5th, behind 8th, mistake 2 out, stayed on, went 3rd after last, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Cap Elorn (11-4) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jul.
Longwood Lad (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, led until blundered and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by The Cockney Mackem (11-0) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Aug, 7 ran.
Escardo (GER) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 9, 20l behind Alderbrook Lad (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Nouailhas 20-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led until 4th and lost place, losing touch when mistake 7th, went poor 3rd 4 out, tailed off, 3rd of 5, 40l behind Engai (11-0) at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gd in Aug.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged 4 out, ridden after last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Soul Magic (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Grand Fella (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Held up, jumped right 3rd and 4th, modest 5th and driven after 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Crack At Dawn (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug, 8 ran.
Cash In Hand (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, behind from 6th, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.