WELL SHARP is unbeaten over hurdles and is worth sticking with on his handicap debut. He's won both starts over timber with the minimum of fuss and can continue his winning ways if handling the soft ground. Banyan Tree was placed in handicap company on his return to action though his latest win came in a plating race and Titan De Sart makes more appeal despite disappointing at Cheltenham recently. Both Grafite and Quaddick Lake went close on their latest outings and could have a say in proceedings and Paintball has a shout if back to his best.
Paintball (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, lost place and in rear before next, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Raya Star (11-12) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Well Sharp 3-10fav (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway 7th, led 2 out, clear from last, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Forgotten Symphony (10-12) by 4l, 10 ran.
Titan De Sarti (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace before last, 6th of 21, 25l behind Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) In touch until lost place 5th, rallied before 2 out, went 2nd before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Cue To Cue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Grafite 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden before 2 out (normal 3 out), stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Open Day (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Took keen hold, held up in rear, raced wide, headway 7th, challenged approaching 2 out, soon led, mistake last, headed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 7, hd behind Murcar (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway before 2 out, one pace, 5th of 11, 13l behind Romeo Americo (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.