Nicky Henderson loves sending horses here and has several chances today, starting with PROBLEMA TIC. Unbeaten in bumpers at Towcester and Aintree, Sir Robert Ogden's French-bred made a very encouraging start over timber at Southwell and looks destined for much better things. Saint Are is penalised for landing a minor race in France and started 100/1 on his UK debut at Cheltenham where he ran well for a long way over the 2m5f. Dear Sam had no answer to the high-class Cue Card on his hurdling bow at Aintree and was beaten when at odds-on over today's C&D subsequently where a last-flight error put paid to his chances. The lightly-raced winning bumper Hudibras may prove best of the remainder.
Problema Tic (FR) 8-13fav (11-5) Tracked leader, challenged 4 out, led approaching 2 out, driven between last 2, stayed on, well in command flat, won at Southwell 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs beating Smart Freddy (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Saint Are (FR) 100-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 26l behind Bobs Worth (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Cool Strike (UAE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, pushed along after 5th, pushed wide on bend after 3 out, weakened soon after, 9th of 14, 24l behind Iolith (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Dear Sam (GER) 1-2fav (10-12) Led from 2nd, ridden approaching 2 out, hit last, headed final 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Attaglance (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Glory Nights (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 21l behind Midnight Macarena (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
High Hoylander 25-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, raced keenly after 4th, headway 3 out, went well beaten 3rd next, kept on same pace, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Frascati Park (11-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Hudibras (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up, headway after 3 out, one pace from last, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind City Theatre (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov '09.
King Sandor (IRE) 80-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear and keen, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 9th of 16, 22l behind Lively Baron (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
Maraased 13-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, hung badly left over 2f out, soon eased, 6th of 7, 33l behind Lady Hestia (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May (flat).
Practice Round (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Behind, pushed along 4f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 11, 18l behind Knight Pass (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Speed Dating 16-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, ridden from 2 out, no impression, 6th of 15, 12l behind Danceintothelight (11-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Tait's Clock (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Tremplin.
Look Officer (USA) 50-1 (8-3) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 15l behind Kumbeshwar (9-1) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec (flat).
Maybeme 50-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, hit 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Empress Orchid (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (4) sft, 13 ran.
Wistow 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along 6th, weakened quickly approaching 3 out, pulled up, in a race won by Argento Luna (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Feb '09, 11 ran.