With A P McCoy at Ffos Las, Richie McLernon comes in for the ride on EASTLAKE and can get this all-chase meeting off to a winning start. The seven-year-old proved no match for Rody at Warwick three weeks ago but, successful previously at Ascot on heavy ground, is clearly back in form and gets weight from several handicappers who struggle to get their heads in front. Toubab beat Falcon Island and Lancetto over course and distance a little under a year ago but is much worse off at the weights with both, though this is a slight drop in grade. Falcon Island finished ahead of King Edmond and Idarah here last month and should be thereabouts again while Lord Singer is preferred to Kudu Country of the others.
Oh Crick (FR) 4-1 (10-4) In touch on outside, reminder and lost place 8th, lost touch 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Shooters Wood (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Toubab (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Held up in 4th, mistake 3rd, close up 7th, went 3rd after 2 out (usual 3 out), effort approaching bypassed 2 out, soon one pace, no chance with front pair before last, 3rd of 7, 23l behind William's Wishes (10-6) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs (2) hvy in Nov.
Idarah (USA) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leading pair until lost place approaching 3rd, tried to rally before 3 out, weakened soon after 3 out, last of 6, 14l behind William's Wishes (11-11) at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
King Edmund 14-1 (11-8) Led, hit 4 out, driven before pressed 2 out, headed between last 2, weakened last, 5th of 6, 11l behind William's Wishes (11-11) at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Falcon Island 8-1 (11-4) Chased leader until 4th, chased leading pair until pushed along 8th, struggling after 4 out, plugged on again to modest 4th flat, 4th of 6, 6l behind William's Wishes (11-11) at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Kudu Country (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Held up in last, not fluent 2nd, headway 3 out, went close 2nd when not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Desert Cry (11-12) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
Lancetto (FR) 20-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, went moderate 3rd next, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 36l behind Shooters Wood (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec.
Eastlake (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Pressed leader, led 4th, soon headed, led before next, ridden and headed just after 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Rody (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Lord Singer (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Pressed leader, dived at and led 4th, narrowly headed briefly before 4 out, led again 4 out, driven and under strong pressure when headed and blundered 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Simply Wings (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Nozic (FR) 12-1 (9-10) In touch, headway to chase leaders approaching 3rd, went 2nd next, hit 3 out, challenged next, every chance last, not pace of winner flat, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 6, 2l behind William's Wishes (11-11) at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.