Ulis De Vassy is likely to be all the rage here after his neck second to the prolific Quaddick Lake at Wincanton. But he's gone up 6lb for that effort 11 days ago and may not represent much in the way of value. SCORCHED SON ran his best race so far for Tim Vaughan in this 12 months ago when chasing home the useful Mountainous. He will have needed his comeback at Sandown and, guaranteed to go on the ground, gets a tentative vote to go one better today. Jockey bookings suggest Captain Paulie is preferred to stablemate Clarion Call but Captain Sharpe is out of form and C&D winner Street Dance also has a bit to prove at present.
Scorched Son (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 3rd until 3 out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened before next, 10th of 12, well behind General Ting (10-3) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Captain Sharpe 66-1 (11-11) Off the pace in 4th, weakened 5th, tailed off 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Quaddick Lake (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Ulis De Vassy (FR) 8-1 (10-13) Chased leading pair, went 2nd after 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before hit last, rider stopped riding briefly 50 yards out, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Quaddick Lake (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Captain Paulie (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, some progress before 4 out, no impression when went left and mistake 2 out, 9th of 13, 17l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Clarion Call 33-1 (11-9) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 16th of 17, dis behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Street Dance (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Raced keenly, led until ridden and headed 3 out, weakened rapidly, soon lost touch, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Canadian Diamond (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Darceys Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, mistakes 7th and 9th, behind when hit 5 out, 11th of 13, 32l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.