Tayarat has won 11 of his 70 career starts and looked as good as ever when winning by 10 lengths at Southwell on Wednesday. He's got a penalty to carry but Joe Cornwall's claim take off a big chunk of that and he can't be ignored. STAR PRESENTER is 4lb higher than when second at Southwell last time but only lost out by the narrowest of margins and A P McCoy takes over the reins today. He can go one better as winning hurdler Tropenfeuer tackles fences for the first time. Etania has been dropped 2lb since her second at Uttoxeter, however, and must go well if she can reproduce that run.
Tayarat (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway 14th, went 2nd 4 out, led after 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating Very Stylish (11-1) by 10l, 13 ran.
Handsome Dan (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon off the pace towards rear, niggled along from 7th, no impression in 6th 2 out, 6th of 8, 25l behind Pass The Hat (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.
Painted Gold 25-1 (11-12) Driven to chase leaders on inside, reminders after 4th, lost place 6th, behind when pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Pennant Dancer (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs, 15 ran.
Star Presenter (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) With leader, led 10th, headed 4 out, regained lead last, headed run-in, rallied and just held post, 2nd of 11, ns behind Sail And Return (11-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf.
Tropenfeuer (FR) 4-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, effort 3 out, outpaced after next, stayed on final 150 yards, 5th of 11, 5l behind Rolling Dough (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Maggie Blue (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Towards rear of mid-division, weakened 13th, tailed off 4 out, 6th of 11, well behind Double Whammy (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Merry Minster 20-1 (10-10) In rear, headway before 4 out, not fluent 3 out, hit 2 out and beaten after, 6th of 10, 34l behind Teenage Dream (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Etania 40-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway when mistake 10th, blundered next, led 3 out, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Sedgemoor Express (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Gorhams Gift 33-1 (9-11) Held up in rear but in touch, weakened 5 out, blundered next, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Faith Keeper (10-7) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Dec, 8 ran.