UN GUET APENS has made the frame in a couple of higher grade handicaps since returning to action. He looks to have every chance in this company after finishing strongly in third at Haydock last time and gets the vote. Molko Jack failed to cope with a 9lb rise for winning at Market Rasen when well beaten last time and Mulligan's Man will find today's going against him and is still a maiden. The ground is also a worry for Peachey Moment, but Elsafeer looks a threat on his earlier third to Hinterland at Sandown.
Un Guet Apens (FR) 4-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, jumped slowly throughout, lost place after 3rd, headway to go 3rd after 2 out, ran on, never reached leaders, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Granville Island (11-7) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Elsafeer (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Workbench (10-9) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov, 7 ran.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Towards rear, went 4th before 8th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 30l behind Next Sensation (11-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Peachey Moment (USA) 9-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, tracked leaders after 5 out, went 3rd before 3 out, soon one pace, no chance with front pair next, just held on for 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Swing Hard (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Air Chief 28-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 5th, jumped right 2 out, kept on under pressure after last, 3rd of 5, 32l behind Suprise Vendor (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Molko Jack (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 10th, ridden and struggling next, well held before 3 out, 7th of 13, 25l behind River Purple (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.