Honest John may struggle to complete the hat-trick now stepping out of novice company but DEIREADH RE is certainly worth a second look. He's lightly raced over fences and has won off a higher mark over hurdles under Harry Derham - soft ground is ideal. Fine Parchment was still in front when unseating today's amateur rider at Fakenham last time. Very well treated nowadays, he could go close here if his confidence hasn't been affected while Rigadin de Beauchene has been placed off today's mark at Newbury and Lingfield recently and makes more appeal than Inside Dealer and the inconsistent Take Of Shoc's.
Requin (FR) 9-2 (11-11) Tracked leader, lost place 4th, soon pushed along in mid-division, rallied 3 out, no impression, 4th of 9, 18l behind Sir Du Bearn (11-11) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.
Deireadh Re (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 11l behind State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, some headway when hit 12th, lost place and well held after, 7th of 10, 35l behind Richard's Sundance (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, 5 lengths clear 9th, 2 lengths up when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Cross Of Honour (11-11) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft, 5 ran.
Rigadin De Beauchene (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Always prominent, led 4 out, hard driven and strongly challenged 2 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Well Refreshed (10-5) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy.
No Secrets (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway on outside 7th, lost place after 9th, well beaten 3 out, 13th of 17, well behind Fair Along (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Honest John 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led briefly before 10th, led again before 3 out, driven out, won at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov beating Chac Du Cadran (11-9) by nk, 7 ran.
Take Of Shoc's (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tended to jump left, led after 1st, headed after 9th, mistake next, chased leaders until weakened 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Tour Des Champs (11-10) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft, 9 ran.
Presented (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Led until 4th, remained prominent, chased leaders 4 out, soon outpaced, rallied last, kept on well, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Bendant (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 5f beg chs (4) hvy.