Nothing jumps off the page in an uninspiring contest but MUSICAL WEDGE has shown up well at Towcester the last twice and should stay three miles around this easier track. He has the potential to improve over fences and holds Pingaro De La Vire on Towcester running behind Ballyegan. There's was only just over a length between them that day but the selection is much better off at these weights and should confirm the form. Minella Bliss didn't do too badly behind Brackloon High on his chasing debut whilst the 'dark horse' is Somewhatinevitable. Paul Webber's charge has only shown bits and pieces of form over timber but looks much more of a chaser and this isn't the toughest of introductions to the larger obstacles.
Pingaro De La Vire (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Towards rear on outside, headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, ridden and kept on flat, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ballyegan (11-6) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Minella Bliss (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up, struggling 15th, went modest 4th 2 out, 4th of 8, 27l behind Brackloon High (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft.
Somewhatinevitable (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, some headway approaching 2 out, no impression, 12th of 15, 20l behind Roll The Dice (11-4) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Musical Wedge 7-2fav (11-9) Soon chased leaders, went 2nd from 5 out, no impression from next, 4th of 9, 18l behind Ukrainian Star (11-7) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Kilcascan 33-1 (10-7) Led to 6th, mistake 10th, tracked winner until 11th, remote 3rd from 4 out, never dangerous, 3rd of 6, well behind Baile Anrai (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (5) gs in Dec.
Gemini Jim (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leading pair, went 2nd briefly 14th, hit next, ridden and outpaced by leading pair before 2 out, weakened to 4th last, 4th of 5, 14l behind Reblis (11-7) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Nov.