Deise Dynamo was a disappointment at Ascot last time having gone close at Sedgefield on his chasing bow. McCoy takes over the reins on Lingfield winner Young Hurricane and the latter could figure again, despite a 6lb rise, while Distime shaped well when runner-up at Aintree on his first start over fences though he's been off the track for over a year. Duke Of Monmouth has every chance having scored at Uttoxeter last month but he found SPANISH OPTIMIST too good over hurdles last season. A punt is taken on Tim Vaughan's charge coming out best again with a recent debut over fences under his belt.
Deise Dynamo (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Led until jumped slowly 1st, tracked leaders, hit 10th, pushed along after 11th, weakened 13th, 5th and well held when went left and all but fell last, in a race won by Kris Cross (10-3) at Ascot 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Duke Of Monmouth (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leader until 3rd, in touch, challenging when mistake 3 out, led before 2 out, pressed flat, edged left close home, held on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Hollins (9-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Young Hurricane (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders on inside, mistakes 3rd and 4th, carried right after 3 out, challenged next, led last, edged left flat, ridden out, won at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov beating Cornish Ice (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Distime (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Held up in 5th, left 3rd 3 out (usual 6 out), effort approaching omitted 2 out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Unioniste (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Oct '12.
Spanish Optimist (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Held up in last pair in touch, struggling 9th, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Le Bec (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Oct.
Ocean Club 22-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, struggling 5 out, no chance with leaders before next, soon tailed off, left remote 4th 2 out, 4th of 5, well behind Green Flag (11-5) at Newcastle 3m (3) gd in Nov.
Samstown 25-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, mistake 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 6l behind Hollow Blue Sky (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.