Victor Hewgo has taken well to fences and was just caught by Cheltenham-bound Holywell over course and distance 10 days ago. Despite his penalty, he'll be tough to beat again but COWARDS CLOSE could flourish now tackling fences as he's already a winner between the flags. He was well backed over hurdles here on his reappearance and can recoup losses now. My Dads Horse was a long way behind Victor Hewgo over a shorter trip here in January and Perfect Candidate was due to run at Newbury yesterday.
Victor Hewgo 5-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd at 2nd, ridden before 3 out, led last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Holywell (11-7) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb.
Cowards Close (IRE) 3-1fav (10-11) Chased leaders, chance 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 11, 17l behind Mister Dillon (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
My Dads Horse 20-1 (10-12) last of 5, well behind Western Warhorse (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gs in Jan.
Perfect Candidate (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 5 out, stayed on from last, nearest at finish, 4th of 7, 10l behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.