Cool Operator won nicely over a shorter trip at Uttoxeter under today's conditional and should go well again despite an 8lb rise. OVERQUEST gets the nod as he was well backed on his return from a lengthy absence and duly obliged at Ayr last month. He remains unexposed over fences but Royal Mackintosh was ending a three year losing run over C&D last time and is harder to fancy raised 7lb. Earth Planet was pulled-up on his reappearance and finished last of three over 3m6f at Bangor on Friday and though he went close off higher marks on a couple of occasions last season it's a big ask to come here after Friday's exploits.
Cool Operator 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, led next, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Rigadin De Beauchene (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Do It For Dalkey 9-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 25l behind Vamizi (11-1) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Morgan Be 40-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, under pressure 9th, behind from 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Wyck Hill (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Earth Planet (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Mid-division, closed from 12th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up approaching last, in a race won by The Rainbow Hunter (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Rebel Swing 20-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, mistake 10th and 11th, tailed off before 16th, 10th of 15, 30l behind Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Pyracantha 11-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 5th, reminder after 6th, lost place next, pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Cool Operator (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Royal Mackintosh 6-1 (11-4) Made all, driven out, just held on, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov beating Fog Patches (11-12) by nk, 6 ran.
Overquest 11-4 (10-12) Tracking leaders when not fluent 2nd, mistake 6th, closed 10th, went 2nd before next, led 12th, joined last, found extra and in command towards finish, won at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Et Maintenant (10-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
Blazing Diva (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 7th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, mistake last, 5th of 6, 18l behind Royal Mackintosh (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.