Normally lacks a recent run and Maizy Missile has shown nothing so far this term. Bob Casey has had plenty of chances and Fleur De Vassy weakened quickly on her reappearance at Folkestone, though should strip fitter here. PARADISE EXPECTED was all out to hold off Me Julie over C&D on Boxing Day but is only 2lb higher today and, as that was her first run since March, she may be capable of a little better. She gets the vote, though Hector's House would go close if able to reproduce November's third at Chepstow and Peter Hatton's claim is a plus.
Normally 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, outpaced 9th, weakened 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Bernard (10-6) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
Maizy Missile (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leading pair, dropped to last before 6th, beaten when hung left before 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Paradise Expected (10-3) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 4 ran.
Hector's House 16-1 (11-2) Last trio, went moderate 4th 2 out, 4th of 8, 19l behind Chestnut Ben (11-1) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Fleur de Vassy 12-1 (11-7) Led until approaching 2nd, led again 6th, jumped left 8th and 11th, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 31l behind Hunt Ball (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Paradise Expected 5-1 (10-3) Held up tracking leading trio, went 3rd before 6th, went 2nd 5 out, led approaching next, driven and pressed after last, stayed on and on top closing stages, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec beating Me Julie (11-3) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Bob Casey (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led narrowly to after 3rd, with leader, lost place when hit 8th, outpaced 10th, 4th and well held 3 out, plugged on to go moderate 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 48l behind Hunt Ball (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.