KILCASCAN wasn't disgraced over a longer trip at Warwick last time despite returning a losing favourite. He'd scored over 3m in soft ground at Uttoxeter before that and this looks no tougher. Better was expected from Hobb's Dream last time having made the frame on her comeback at Fontwell last month. She'll need a similar effort if she's to figure in this while course regular Overton Lad has failed to complete his last couple of starts but is still preferred to Billybo, who is having his first start since 2010.
Kilcascan 7-2fav (10-13) Towards rear, headway before 15th and reminders, soon chased leaders, went 3rd 3 out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Dunkelly Castle (11-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leaders, soon in touch, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 27l behind Leac An Scail (11-0) at Hexham 4m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Overton Lad 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear, pushed along before 4th, lost place 6th, soon in rear, tailed off and pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Dunkelly Castle (11-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Billybo (12-0) Led 12; comf, won at Ystradowen 3m ptp gd in Mar '11 beating Wheresthepost (12-0) by 6l, 9 ran.