NO SECRETS won this last year off a higher mark and ran well at Newbury on his recent reappearance. David Pipe's charge looks to have leading claims of landing this once again. Talkonthestreet has tumbled down the weights and showed a bit more when fourth at Ludlow last time, but Speedy Bruere was well beaten despite finishing third on his comeback and may need more time to return to his best. Theatrical Star arrives out of form but is dropped in class today and may finish closer as a consequence.
Theatrical Star 7-1 (10-12) Led to 4th, weakened from 7 out, tailed off 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by Cantlow (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
No Secrets (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led after 1st, headed 6th, chased leader, led agai after 12th, narrowly headed 3 out, soon ridden, chased leaders in 3rd, not fluent last, one pace into 4th flat, 4th of 18, 12l behind Tatenen (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Speedy Bruere (FR) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside, closed 5th, ridden and beaten 3 out, soon weakened, left remote 3rd when jumped left and mistake 2 out, 3rd of 7, well behind Algernon Pazham (10-9) at Leicester 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs.
Firebird Flyer (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, not fluent and lost place 5th, ridden and weakened after 7th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Foxcub (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out to chase leaders, weakened next, 10th of 13, well behind Minella For Steak (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Talkonthestreet (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) In touch, mistake and reminder 16th, outpaced before 4 out, stayed to press for 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 4th of 9, 13l behind Pickamus (11-12) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.