QUARTZ DE THAIX steps up in grade after back-to-back wins at Bangor and Haydock but appears on the upgrade and a hat-trick is a distinct possibility here as he is getting almost a stone from course specialist Midnight Chase, who has the beating of the disappointing Planet of Sound on their run together in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby. Saint Are was an early faller in the Hennessy and his jumping will again be put under pressure around here while Master Overseer was pulled up on his reappearance at Haydock and, though certain to strip fitter now, is one of three carrying more than their allotted weight. Bradley is 5lb higher than when a close second here last month but Irish raider Becauseicouldntsee has claims if building on his third at Thurles.
Midnight Chase 9-1 (11-10) With leader, mistake 4 out, soon outpaced, ridden and kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs G2 (1) gs in Nov.
Planet of Sound 5-1 (11-0) Made most until headed before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 28l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs G2 (1) gs in Nov.
Quartz de Thaix (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 10th, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov beating Universal Soldier (11-10) by 6l, 11 ran.
Saint Are (FR) 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division when fell 5th, in a race won by Bobs Worth (11-6) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs, 19 ran.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 6th 3 out, progress into 4th 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Bishopsfurze (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Nov.
Bradley 9-2fav (10-12) Mid-division on outside, headway to chase leaders 15th, led 2 out, joined last, narrowly headed run-in, every chance until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 16, nk behind Monbeg Dude (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Master Overseer (IRE) 5-1fav (11-12) Close up, pushed along and reminders before 13th, soon lost place, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 15 ran.
Billie Magern 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders until mistake 3rd, not fluent 5th, mistake 8th, ridden 11th, struggling after 15th, 9th of 19, 35l behind Balthazar King (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gs in Oct.
Crash (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, weakened when pulled up before 3 out, (usual 5 out), in a race won by Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov, 20 ran.