The betting ring at Black Forest was particularly strong with 15 bookies providing a competitive market.

• Punters got off to a good start with Welstonedruid (11-4 to 5-2 fav) squeezing home by a short head in front of Mic’s Delight (9-1 to each way money).

What About Will (9’s to 8’s) kept jumping to the left in the first of the divided Restricted, but still had 15 lengths in hand at the post. He can score again on a left hand track. Welsh cash was seen for the Nick Williams ridden Kerry Mganga (8’s to 6’s) but his effort was short lived. He should win a Restricted back in Wales.

Vilja was backed from 12-1 to 8-1 in the other Restricted division but fell at the 11th fence when lying second. She is in a good yard and is worth another chance. The finish concerned the two at the top of the market with Full Throttle (11-10 out to 9-4) atoning for his unlucky fall at Cottenham in beating the favourite Soixante Six (2-1 to 13-8)

Steeltown was well supported from 5-1 to 7-2 in a high class Men’s Open and ran extremely well. He was pegging back the winner Coombe Hill (strong at 7-2) near the finish, with former Lady Dudley Cup winner Rosies Peacock (5-2 into 2-1 fav) finishing a creditable third.

According To Harry (5-1 to 4-1) had fallen at Wadebridge last week after a promising third at the showground in a race which is working out well before Christmas. With the in-form Darren Edwards giving him a perfect waiting ride, this promising six-year-old just denied Swingbridge (3-1 fav) in yet another race which had to be divided on the day.

• Bookies got some expenses back in the other division of the Maiden when Genermouse (33-1 and not a friend in sight) put in an exhilarating round of jumping to score under Joshua Newman.

Infamous Grouse provided another shock in division two of the maiden. This big gelding started at 12-1 but had been seen at 20’s and it was left to Darren Edwards to follow in the hoof prints of his previous two winners.

* As it got colder the number of punters dwindled. Only the needy and the greedy (including me) lingered around for the final event of a long afternoon. Two of the eight Intermediate runners were offered at 66-1, but it was the Llangeinor qualified Repeat Business (5-2 to 7-4) who took the prize across the Severn bridge to Wales.