FATHER SHINE finished a couple of lengths ahead of Tregaro when suffering a recent narrow-margin defeat over course and distance. He gets the vote to come out best today given Trojan Sun was still beaten a long way when also a runner-up over track and trip on his latest start. Roc D'Apsis finished a bit closer at Warwick last time and steps up in trip for this, while Pensnett Bay will have come on for a recent pipe-opener and has decent claims on his earlier win at Uttoxeter.
What An Oscar (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent, bad mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Drumlang (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf, 9 ran.
Pensnett Bay 11-2 (11-7) Led, hit 3rd, rider lost iron briefly 5th, not fluent next, edged right after 4 out, headed before 2 out, no extra flat, 5th of 7, 7l behind Duke Of Monmouth (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Father Shine (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Soon chasing leaders, not fluent 4 out, ridden before 3 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Trojan Sun 2-1 (11-9) Tracked winner, effort 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with winner in clear 2nd from next, 2nd of 4, 17l behind Toby Lerone (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Entertain Me 20-1 (11-5) Held up, headway 8th, ridden after 3 out, one pace last, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Social Realism (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jun.
Roc D'apsis (FR) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 4th, pushed along when blundered 2 out, no extra soon after, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Rio De Sivola (10-12) at Warwick 2m 4yo chs (3) gs in Nov.
Tregaro (FR) 10-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, steady headway from 11th, ridden and went 2nd after 2 out, not clear run flat, switched right, lost 2nd and no impression, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Reelwill (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Led 4-14; outpcd 3 out, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Horsham Lad (11-0) at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp gs in Feb.