The Romford Pele has a penalty for winning at Taunton last month but that's negated by a conditional's 10lb claim. He's the one to beat if handling the testing ground but a chance is taken on SIN BIN. The latter will have come on for his recent second over C&D to Shotgun Paddy and today's ground is no problem. Ubique is another with claims after a much improved effort at Uttoxeter and Carole's Destiny is also worthy of consideration on her close-up third at Newbury. Lost Legend had Samingarry well behind when third at Uttoxeter but has some catching up to do, as does Tornado In Milan.
The Romford Pele (IRE) 4-6fav (10-12) Tracked leader, jumped left 1st, led 3 out, pushed along and pressed from 2 out, kept on well run-in, driven out, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov beating Suerte Al Salto (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) won at Great Trethew 2m 4f ptp gs in Feb beating Shanann Star (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Carole's Destiny 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, challenged 3 out, driven flat, no impression final 100 yards, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Dancingtilmidnight (11-2) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Held up, overjumped 1st, mistake next, ridden 6th, headway approaching 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 5th of 9, 33l behind Fox Run (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Lost Legend (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway before 2 out, ridden and every chance before last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Supreme Asset (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Samingarry (FR) 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, in rear from 4 out, weakened 3 out, last of 8, 28l behind Supreme Asset (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Sin Bin (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders until steadied 3rd, headway after 7th, went 3rd and hit 4 out, went 2nd and hung left from next, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Shotgun Paddy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Tornado In Milan (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Ran off on way to post, mistakes, pulled hard and soon in clear lead, wide on bend and reduced lead after 5th, joined 4 out, soon headed and weakened, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Desert Joe (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Ubique (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led before 6th, no extra and headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Joseph Mercer (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.