GRADUATION NIGHT had very little to do to beat three rivals at Wincanton but jumped really well and looks capable of defying a penalty from this mark. Gunner Rose has won twice on good going over 2m5f at Southwell this summer and will find this much more of a stamina test and a bigger threat may emerge in the shape of Billy Murphy, despite an absence since April as he has gone well over this C&D in the past. Just The Job was beaten a long way on his chasing debut over 2m4f here last month and the remaining pair have been absent for some time.
Father Probus 12-1 (11-6) Prominent, ridden approaching 7th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 17, 20l behind Be My Light (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Graduation Night 15-8 (11-12) Mostly jumped well, tracked leader, led 4th, clear from 8th, unchallenged after, well in command when hit 2 out, very easily, won at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Oct beating Cloran Jack (10-2) by 44l, 4 ran.
Just The Job (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, under pressure 5th, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 50l behind Wyck Hill (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
More The Merrier (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leading pair, driven before 4th, slow jump 9th, blundered and driven after 10th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Dancing Mist (10-12) at Exeter 3m nov chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar '10, 5 ran.
Gunner Rose 6-1 (11-12) Mid-division, blundered 5th, headway approaching 12th, chased winner before 4 out, no impression, 2nd of 11, 33l behind Wide Receiver (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Billy Murphy 12-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 9th, headed 12th, led again before 3 out, hard ridden last, headed and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Our Columbus (11-6) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.