MODULE's win at Newbury hasn't been franked but he jumped well that day and still looks a nice prospect. It will be a surprise if he's not good enough to defy a penalty in this grade. Doncaster third Achimota should be winning soon, however, and can make a race of it and Matt Sheppard's charge is much preferred to The Society Man, who was only a plater over hurdles. Richo didn't run badly on the Polytrack four days ago but has managed just one victory in 42 career starts while Tough Cookie is impossible to fancy.
Module (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leader, hit 7th, challenged from 4 out, led 2 out, clear approaching last, pushed along and kept on well flat, won at Newbury 2m 2f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec beating Colour Squadron (11-0) by 6l, 5 ran.
Achimota (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Wiesentraum (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (3) gs in Dec.
Richo 9-1 (10-5) Reluctant to race, detached early, always towards rear, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, 36l behind Endeavor (9-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep '11.
The Society Man (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Towards rear when hampered first, headway 3 out, left 2nd 2 out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec beating King's Road (10-13) by 1l, 12 ran.
Tough Cookie (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up in touch, blundered badly and rider lost irons 5th and pulled up, in a race won by Listen Boy (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (4) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.