SPIRIT OSCAR has won on heavy ground at Lingfield and Fontwell already this season, increasing her advantage over Comedinewithme on the second occasion despite re-opposing on worse terms. She can complete her hat-trick at the chief expense of Marcilhac, a very promising second on his return to hurdling over course and distance last month where he finished a long way ahead of both Underwood and Wunfurlez but probably destined to tackle fences again very shortly. Brave Vic shaped with promise on his hurdling debut at Lingfield and will make his presence felt.
Spirit Oscar (IRE) Evensfav (11-3) Led in start, raced widest of all, made all, came clear before last, shaken up and well in command flat, comfortably, won at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Comedinewithme (10-5) by 9l, 4 ran.
Brave Vic (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd and effort before 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair between last 2, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Madness Light (10-9) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Marcilhac (FR) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, led before next, soon hard pressed, headed approaching last, no extra flat, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Knock House (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Underwood (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 1st, slow 2nd and 3rd, soon lost place, struggling 5th, never a factor, 7th of 10, well behind Knock House (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Wunfurlez 50-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened 4 out, last of 10, well behind Knock House (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.