Both Fred The Shred and Mauricetheathlete have 7lb claimers on board and that should help on the prevailing ground. The pair clashed over C&D four weeks ago when the former came out on top but the latter is 11lb better off today and never seems to run a bad race around here. He should give supporters a run for their money again. Amigo was third on his UK debut at Sandown and is open to a little improvement while Shotgun Paddy beat Sin Bin, who runs in the opener, over 2m4f here in November and ran well under a penalty at Towcester. He has a welter burden to carry, however, and is conceding 23lb to Pension Plan, though that one's Bangor second hasn't worked out. Destroyer Deployed has claims on his third to At Fishers Cross at Cheltenham but Roger Beantown tries a new trip and looks harshly treated on what he's achieved so far. TELL ME Y was returning from a break and making his handicap debut when only beaten a short-head at Towcester in November. Unexposed, he should be suited by the longer trip and is given another chance to confirm earlier promise over timber.
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) Led until not fluent 3rd, hit 5th, led again next, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Two Rockers (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Destroyer Deployed 14-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 3 out, driven to challenge and every chance between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 12, 10l behind At Fishers Cross (10-12) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Radmores Revenge 16-1 (10-4) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 50l behind Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Roger Beantown (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up rear of mid-division, slightly hampered 3 out, no further headway, 10th of 16, 27l behind Ifandbutwhynot (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Amigo (FR) 12-1 (10-3) Led, hard ridden and strongly challenged from 2 out, headed after, no extra, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Araldur (10-11) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Fred The Shred (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, led and hung left 4 out, not fluent and headed narrowly next, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to regain narrow lead flat, held on, won at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Gran Torino (10-10) by nk, 13 ran.
Tell Me Y (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, driven along before 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, switched right before last, chased winner last, strong challenge flat, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Benbane Head (11-11) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Royal Riviera 8-1 (10-12) In touch, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 22l behind Stow (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Round The Horn (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway approaching 13th, 5th and ridden when fell 4 out, in a race won by Arbeo (10-10) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) With leader, led 6th, headed 4 out, led again narrowly next, headed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Fred The Shred (10-3) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 25-1 (10-5) Led, headed 3 out, lost 2nd approaching next, rallied and went modest 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, 18l behind Sammys Gone (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Pension Plan 7-1 (10-2) Slow 1st, held up in 6th, good headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd and challenged 2 out, led last, headed and unable to quicken final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Sixty Something (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Riptide 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 1st, lost place 4th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 33l behind Firebird Flyer (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Quigleys Express (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) In rear and soon well off the pace, ridden to chase leaders but plenty to do before straight, stayed on well without getting there from before the last, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Forjoethepainter (10-10) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.