The top class and ultra-consistent FORPADYDEPLASTERER has outstanding claims of ending his run of silver medals with everything in his favour although he does face a serious rival in Tataniano. The highly regarded youngster was brought along steadily last season but proved that he was capable of living up to his lofty reputation with a stunning display in a Grade One novice chase at Aintree. Any rain would be a negative as he tackles a proven top flight performer for the first time but he looks capable of living with the best at the very least and could develop into a live contender for the Champion Chase. However, he still has to prove that he can step up to the top grade and, as there's likely to be little between the pair in the market, then the value looks to lie with the Irish raider. The remainder shouldn't be good enough to win this if the top two run to their form but it will be well worth keeping an eye on Gauvain who returns from injury for a new yard whilst Oh Crick runs this track well and he can pick up third prize.
Chaninbar (FR) 11-1 (10-6) Reluctant to race and lost 15 lenghts, always behind, hit 5th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Tchico Polos (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f Limited Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) (1) gs, 9 ran.
Tataniano (FR) 10-3 (11-4) Led 4th, headed next, regained lead 6th, clear after 2 out, stayed on well, eased towards finish, won at Aintree 2m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Apr beating Osana (11-4) by 13l, 10 ran.
Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, under pressure 3 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 10, 23l behind Safari Journey (10-8) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Oct.
Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, got in a little close to 4 out and 3 out, challenged under pressure and every chance last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Golden Silver (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Gauvain (GER) 9-4 (11-8) Pressed leader from 3rd, mistake 4 out, led 3 out, ridden approaching 2 out, in command approaching last, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gs in Apr '09 beating Chapoturgeon (11-8) by 6l, 5 ran.
Mahogany Blaze (FR) 10-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, mistake and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Tchico Polos (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f Limited Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) (1) gs, 9 ran.
Oh Crick (FR) 10-3 (11-2) Held up in 5th, left 4th 9th, one pace and no impression from 3 out, 4th of 8, 15l behind I'm So Lucky (11-2) at Sandown 2m chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Apr.