Vamizi went very close twice at Exeter in the autumn but has gone up in the weights again and may find it hard to pick up the winning thread here giving 9lb to SONA SASTA. David Pipe's charge made a smooth transition to fences at Taunton nine days ago in the hands of Danny Cook, who was able to ease the eight-year-old to a virtual walk after the last yet still win by 18 lengths. He jumps well and clearly appreciates a soft surface so should follow up here, despite his penalty. Quattrocento is high enough in the weights but kept on well enough to finish second to Nicto De Beauchene at Sandown earlier in the month. He has place prospects again along with The Rainbow Hunter, third over 2m6f here three weeks ago, and Wind Instrument who should be all the better for his run at Cheltenham in November.
Victorias Groom (GER) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, stumbled badly and fell 12th, in a race won by Blazing Bailey (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs, 17 ran.
The Rainbow Hunter 12-1 (11-0) Raced in mid-division, pushed along in 8th after 12th, well held 3rd as field came into view final 110 yards, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Misstree Dancer (11-3) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Wind Instrument (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden towards rear 15th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 10th of 17, well behind Midnight Chase (11-9) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Vamizi (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Led until after 7th, mistake 9th, led 12th until 14th, led approaching 4 out, headed 2 out, switched right approaching last, still every chance flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Iconoclast (11-8) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Appleaday (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Prominent when mistake 1st, soon mid-division, in touch 11th, 7th when blundered and unseated rider 13th, in a race won by Nicto De Beauchene (10-7) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft, 13 ran.
Quattrocento (FR) 33-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway 4th, chased winner after 4 out, soon ridden, no impression when not fluent last, 2nd of 13, 16l behind Nicto De Beauchene (10-7) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft.
Teeming Rain (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 9th, chased leaders under pressure before 4 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by C'monthehammers (11-10) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Ginolad (AUS) 15-2 (11-1) Behind, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Cold Mountain (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul, 13 ran.
Trigger The Light 11-2 (11-9) In rear, not always fluent and sometimes went left, hampered 2nd, headway 10th, outpaced 14th, weakened approaching 4 out, 4th of 9, 34l behind Over The Creek (11-8) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Bertie May 14-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, weakened from 5 out, tailed when pulled up before next, in a race won by Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 18 ran.
Sona Sasta (IRE) 4-5fav (11-0) Led until 3rd, chased leader, led again 10th, came well clear 13th, stayed on strongly, very easily, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Omix D'or (11-8) by 18l, 9 ran.