Tindaro had been in good form prior to pulling up behind Anay Turge at Cheltenham last month. He'd beaten King Edmund at Fontwell earlier, though the top weight is weighted to have his revenge today. Anay Turge makes a swift reappearance after unseating his rider at Newbury on Saturday but looks high enough in the weights now. LANCETTO was second to Drumshambo at Ascot at the start of last month but rather ran in snatches on a return visit to that track 11 days ago. However, he still finished ahead of King Edmond and this looks a good opportunity to open his account for the season as Oscar Hill carries a penalty for an, albeit, easy win at Exeter when gifted an easy lead. Gud Day and Free World probably have a bit to prove in this grade.
King Edmund 11-1 (11-4) Held up in last trio, mistake 7th, pushed along and struggling in rear after, headway 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 7, 6l behind Alasi (11-0) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Tindaro (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Behind, hit 3rd, struggling 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Anay Turge (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov, 17 ran.
Oscar Hill (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Made all, raced keenly and soon clear, challenged when left clear 2 out, ran on strongly, easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov beating Rouge Et Blanc (11-6) by 19l, 8 ran.
Anay Turge (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in 6th, unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Filbert (10-8) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Lancetto (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leading pair until 6th, outpaced and lost place 9th, brief rally before 2 out, plugged on to 4th flat, 4th of 7, 5l behind Alasi (11-0) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Gud Day (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, mistake 6th, well held 4 out, left remote 3rd 2 out, blundered last, dropped to 4th flat, 4th of 6, 38l behind Dark Lover (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gs in Oct.
Free World (FR) 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders and keen, led after 4th, headed before 6th, mid-division, one pace and no impression, 4th of 8, 29l behind Zarzal (11-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.