Earth Planet won over C&D in June last year and has been taking on better opposition since. He should give a good account but lacks the scope of BRUSLINI, who won over this trip at Catterick last month and probably went off too quickly when tried in a handicap at Uttoxeter subsequently - he should find this smaller field easier to dominate. Paddy Whitelands is easy to ignore but Scotsbrook Cloud has proved a consistent sort on fast ground over hurdles over the last 12 months and Timmies Gone is a winning pointer.
Bruslini (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Led, jumped right at times, headed after 10th, 5th when blundered 13th, soon behind, ran on flat, 5th of 9, 18l behind Lackamon (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) gs.
Earth Planet (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 4 out, effort next, soon one pace, 4th of 9, 13l behind Honourable Arthur (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Paddy Whitelands 150-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 1st, jumped slowly next, soon lost place, driven after next, behind and pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Monte Cavallo (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs, 11 ran.
Scotsbrook Cloud 66-1 (10-1) Always behind, mistake 8th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Cape Tribulation (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd, 24 ran.
Timmies Gone (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Tracked clear winner, not fluent 1st and 2nd, not on terms when pecked and lost 2nd 17th, left remote 2nd again 4 out, 2nd of 3, 36l behind Golden Chieftain (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs.