Supreme Bob has only had three runs over the larger obstacles and was placed over course and distance last time. Eased a further 4lb, he must have a chance of opening his account today. Possibly Flora has been placed in four of her five starts over fences while Le Grand Chene won at Towcester on Boxing Day, though is still 7lb higher. STORMHOEK has been pulled up twice in a row but is well treated on last year's form and we're prepared to take a chance on him returning to his best against ordinary rivals.
Supreme Bob (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) In touch, headway to 4th after 8th, 3rd after 10th, challenged 4 out, every chance 3 out, held when mistake 2 out, ridden and beaten between last 2, blundered last, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Cloudingstar (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Stormhoek (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Mid-division, not travel that well and given reminders on and off, lost touch 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Talkonthestreet (11-9) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 66-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, jumped right and not fluent 5th, in touch at bak of field 4 out, no extra from 2 out, 7th of 10, 13l behind Doctor Foxtrot (11-2) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Nicene Creed 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, not fluent 11th, behind 14th, 10th of 13, well behind Caulfields Venture (11-8) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Possibly Flora 7-2fav (10-6) Behind, headway 3 out, stayed on to go 3rd at last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Milosam (10-10) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Billybo 15-2 (10-13) Held up, not fluent 8th, challenged after 11th, every chance 3 out, soon beaten, 4th and weakening when clambered over 2 out and pulled up, in a race won by Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.