Following a promising reappearance at Fontwell, Stoney's Treasure attracted market support over a longer trip here last month. In only finishing fourth, however, he didn't give the impression that today's drop in distance was what's required. Quintero was third on his chase debut at Uttoxeter, finishing one place and almost five lengths ahead of Abey M'Boy. But that form hasn't been franked so we're going to take a chance that THE BOSS will show his true worth now tackling fences. Progressive in a light campaign over hurdles Jeremy Scott's six-year-old, who hails from the same family as high-class staying chaser Young Kenny, has bags of scope and will have had plenty of schooling over the larger obstacles.
American World (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened 5th, last and struggling 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, 38l behind Marleno (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec.
Flaming Gorge (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Raced keenly, led until 5th, chased winner after, pushed along before 4 out, driven between last 2, closed on all out winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Baseball Ted (10-8) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Peplum (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, beaten when jumped left 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Only Vintage (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec, 15 ran.
Stoney's Treasure 9-4fav (10-9) Mid-division on inside, headway 12th to chase leaders, mistake 4 out, ridden approaching last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 14, 6l behind Regal Approach (10-11) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (4) gs in Nov.
Canni Thinkaar (IRE) 28-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led 4th, headed 14th, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 40l behind Triggerman (11-1) at Folkestone 3m 1f beg chs (4) gs in Dec.
Quintero (FR) 6-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, one from 2 out, went 3rd after last no impression, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Mallusk (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
The Boss (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Raced keenly in touch, went 2nd 3 out until before next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 17, 13l behind Habbie Simpson (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Amble Forge (IRE) 28-1 (11-8) Blundered 3rd, always in rear, 10th of 18, 46l behind Rimini (11-5) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Dec.
Abey M'Boy 6-4fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, blundered 6th, headway 4 out, weakened from 2 out, hit last, 4th of 6, 22l behind Mallusk (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Kap West (FR) 80-1 (10-10) Led, blundered 9th, headed approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, well behind Inside Dealer (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Dec.