Take The Mick has his third start in a week having won at Ludlow before failing to land the odds at Towcester last Sunday. This looks a tougher task so preference goes to STORMHOEK. The latter has been running over shorter trips since returning to action but has scored over 2m7f in the past and is only 1lb higher today. Presence Felt still looks a shade high in the weights judged on his recent form and Makethe Mostofnow may prove a bigger threat. The top weight has slipped down the handicap in the last year and will appreciate the return to a longer distance.
Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, lost 2nd place run-in, no extra, 3rd of 8, 30l behind Kayf Moss (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Presence Felt (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Pressed leader, not fluent 4th, led 4 out, ridden and headed before 3 out where mistake, weakened next, 4th of 5, well behind Ultimatum Du Roy (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Incentivise (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up, pushed along and lost place before 6th, outpaced approaching 12th, no impression, 5th of 9, 20l behind Union Jack D'ycy (11-9) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Stormhoek (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, jumped right 7th, ridden after next, soon lost place, well beaten before 3 out, left 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 27l behind Massena (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Mohi Rahrere (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Close up in rear, headway to go 4th at 13th, ridden when weakened 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 35l behind Merlin's Wish (11-9) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Take The Mick 8-13fav (11-8) Led, ridden and joined 2 out, soon edged left and headed, held final 75 yards, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Nail 'm (11-10) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.