Schinken Otto is a standing dish around here but was raised 7lb following his latest C&D win in August and prefers faster ground nowadays. Several of his rivals have also shown a liking for this course in the past including Pete, Well Oiled, Authentic Act and Strathaird, though the latter is 5lb out of the handicap in this. TAHITI PEARL was successful over track and trip in August last year and is a pound lower now. He didn't fare too badly at Uttoxeter last month considering he needed that run and could be the one to beat today. Irish import Bonoman has his first run over fences for Evan Williams but is likely to need much further than this.
Schinken Otto (IRE) 15-2 (10-3) Led, jumped slow 4th, ridden after 2 out, headed before last and held in 3rd when hampered by loose horse, one pace, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Snooker (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Sep.
Pete 7-1 (11-9) Tracked clear leading pair, pecked 1st, closed approaching 6th, mistake next, lost 3rd 4 out, soon outpaced, left poor 3rd last, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Lucky Sunny (11-12) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Aug.
Well Oiled (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, headway to go 2nd before 2 out, led before last, soon clear, easily, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov beating Strathaird (9-11) by 10l, 6 ran.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway next, ridden and lost place after 6th, rallied after 2 out, no impression last, 6th of 12, 9l behind Carleton Place (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Bonoman (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 3rd before next, soon ridden, lost place and weakened before last, 6th of 7, 38l behind Akbabend (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Authentic Act (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, mistake 6th, headway 4 out, went 4th 3 out, one pace, 5th of 9, 29l behind Tregaro (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep.
Frith (IRE) 7-2 (10-1) In rear, headway to go 4th before 2 out, kept on to take 3rd close home, no impression, 3rd of 9, 23l behind Strobe (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Strathaird (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Held up in last pair in touch, headway 8th, challenged 4 out, outpaced next, no impression in 4th before next, 4th of 5, 7l behind Silver Steel (11-5) at Perth 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Aug.
Crofton Arch 22-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, lost place after 6th, weakened before next, behind when pulled up 8th, in a race won by Red Kingdom (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Jul, 8 ran.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, struggling 9th, blundered next, tailed off when fell last, in a race won by Quinder Spring (10-4) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Aug, 7 ran.