All four have claims with three course-and-distance winners on show. Tender Surprise has revealed a good attitude to claim a couple of sellers here but this is a more challenging assignment, especially having to concede weight all round into the bargain. Jaja De Jau is not the most straightforward and is quickly put back over hurdles after falling over fences last time, not having looked a complete natural over the larger obstacles. She should appreciate the return but SURENESS contested a much, much better race last time at Newton Abbot, having previously won a decent handicap here and is surely open to further progress over timber as the only four-year-old on show. Cherry Lodge showed enough on debut to have a chance with Richard Johnson booked.
Tender Surprise 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led before 2 out, clear and mistake last, held on towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gd beating Yasir (10-9) by nk, 5 ran.
Jaja De Jau 2-1fav (11-3) Held up towards rear, in rear from 5th, went 4th from 3 out, disputing 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Barrison (11-6) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd, 6 ran.
Sureness (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, struggling after 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 9, 48l behind Ittirad (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Cherry Lodge (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) In rear, headway 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Take A Bow (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.