Granville Island and Montoya's Son have been knocking on the door again lately while Tahiti Pearl arrives in good form. He looked a lucky winner at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, however, and may struggle off his new mark and in better company. That's The Deal needs better ground while Triangular has been disappointing this season but What A Warrior has his sights lowered and The Chazer would have a chance on his best form, though is arguably better over 2m. WINGS OF SMOKE won at Newbury in November before finishing third at Sandown. Unsurprisingly, he couldn't live with Simonsig at Kempton over Christmas but this offers a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways.
What A Warrior (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 5 out, plugged on same pace, no chance with leaders, 4th of 5, well behind Highland Lodge (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) hvy in Dec.
Triangular (USA) 5-1 (11-12) Not always fluent, held up in rear, some headway on outside and slow 9th, weakened 11th, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Bally Legend (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Chased leading pair, lost touch 6th, 3rd of 5, 46l behind Simonsig (11-8) at Kempton 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Granville Island (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Led and keen, ridden after last, headed run-in, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Shadows Lengthen (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan.
The Chazer (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up, mistake 2nd, not fluent and left 4th 7th, outpaced before 3 out, 4th of 8, 16l behind Rody (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, chased winner last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Back Bob Back (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 13-8 (11-2) Made all, pressed 3 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Sergeant Pink (9-12) by 3l, 5 ran.
That's The Deal (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Chased leaders in 4th, lost place before 10th, behind from 12th, tailed off when pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Quartz De Thaix (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 10 ran.