Court In Session has already won over the larger obstacles, at Hereford last May, but tries a new trip here under Rules, though did win over 3m between the flags. We're going to take him on with VINTAGE STAR, who has run well in both starts so far over fences. He was just outpaced by Tuesday's Leicester runner-up Wiesentraum over 2m3f at Doncaster last time when King's Grace dropped away tamely after disputing the lead on the first circuit. Neither Gin Cobbler nor Hollins managed to complete in a beginners' chase over C&D on New Year's Day and they have a bit to prove now.
Court In Session (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Led, headed after 2 out, no impression on winner final 200 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
Gin Cobbler 16-1 (10-7) Held up, brought down 9th, in a race won by Rapidolyte De Ladalka (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (4) hvy, 6 ran.
Hollins 12-1 (11-0) In rear when blundered and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Rapidolyte De Ladalka (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (4) hvy, 6 ran.
King's Grace 9-2 (11-2) With leaders, led 6th to 8th, weakened 4 out, 8th of 12, 38l behind Wiesentraum (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (3) gs in Dec.
Vintage Star (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, led before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Wiesentraum (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (3) gs in Dec.