SHERNAZ pops across the Irish Sea having won for the first time over fences at Tramore last month. He's 7lb higher today but should be capable of better now he's got his head in front and makes more appeal than El Diego. The latter has been threatening to open his account over the larger obstacles of late but still isn't the most fluent of jumpers and usually finds one too good. Kaycee was runner-up in a novice handicap over these fences a fortnight ago and could be thereabouts, but Catch The Rascal is hard to fancy.
El Diego (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, went 3rd when mistake 11th, hit 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Atherstone Hill (11-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.
Shernaz (IRE) 10-3fav (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden to lead before 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 in Oct beating Marathon Leader (11-11) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Catch The Rascal (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 8, 30l behind Noble Witness (11-9) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Kaycee (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up in 5th, took keen hold, not fluent 5th or 8th, headway from 13th, not fluent 4 out, switched right and challenged last, led briefly, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Run To Fly (10-7) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.