PROBLEMA TIC had few problems getting off the mark over fences at the first time of asking at Fontwell. His jumping was exemplary for a novice and he can give Nicky Henderson a quick double on the card. Pentiffic was a prolific winner in New Zealand but hasn't really fired since arriving in the UK, though should be approaching peak fitness now. Canni Thinkaar has gone close on several occasions but can hardly be improving at the age of 11 but Kauto Relko still has some scope and his confidence will have been boosted by a clear round at Warwick, though he'd probably prefer a stiffer test of stamina than he'll get here.
Problema Tic (FR) 10-11fav (11-0) Prominent, led 11th, ridden when jumped right last, ran on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Dec beating Kind Of Easy (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Canni Thinkaar (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Chased leader, blundered 3rd, led after 6th, ridden and headed 4 out, soon dropped to 3rd, regained 2nd after 3 out, no chance with winner, lost modest 2nd final 110 yards, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Only Vintage (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Kauto Relko (FR) 16-1 (10-9) Raced keenly, held up in 4th, went 3rd 11th, left 2nd 13th until 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression with leading pair from next, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Mush Mir (10-3) at Warwick 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Dec.
Pentiffic (NZ) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leading pair, weakened after 11th, 4th of 6, 27l behind State Benefit (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (4) sft.