Fair staying hurdler and chaser Any Given Day has a lengthy absence to overcome but couldn't be ruled out in a race like this. A new challenge could refresh the giant Jack The Gent, but Dolatulo has stronger claims having run well in decent company over hurdles and fences lately. SKI SUNDAY has previous experience of the Fibresand having finished second in a handicap on the Flat here in 2008. He's also won on the Polytrack so gets the vote to come out on top today despite not having won a race for more than two years.
Dolatulo (FR) 7-2fav (11-12) Pressed leader, led 4th, not fluent 6th, headed and mistake next, ridden and one pace after 3 out, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Dare Me (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Any Given Day (IRE) 11-8 (11-5) Not that fluent, tracked leaders, jumped right 1st, went 2nd 13th, ridden and well beaten when hit 4 out, 2nd of 3, well behind Sivola De Sivola (10-12) at Aintree 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs in Jun.
Highland River 33-1 (10-9) Held up, not fluent 3rd, mistake and ridden briefly next, mistake 7th, behind next, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Kentford Legend (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Held up in touch on outside, closed 3rd, challenged next, mistake 7th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Firth Of The Clyde (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
My Friend Riquet (FR) 10-1 (10-0) Held up in rear but in touch, headway 9th, blundered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Baltic Pathfinder (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Ski Sunday 6-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, slow jump 1st, lost 2nd 6th and reminders, lost 3rd when mistake next, ridden and weakened before 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Get It On (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 6 ran.