LORD SINGER finished a close-up third at Lingfield to the progressive Renard last month and that's the best piece of recent form on offer. This looks less competitive and Gary Moore's charge is the one to beat. Midnight Opera is too inconsistent to be a strong fancy as she was a tailed-off third last time having been beaten only two lengths at Uttoxeter before that. Pin D'Estruval also posted a couple of poor efforts either side of scoring at Newton Abbot in September, but Coach Lane was unlucky when brought down early on at Wincanton last time and had come back to form over today's C&D before that.
Lord Singer (FR) 7-1 (11-1) In touch, joined leader 5th, every chance 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Renard (11-8) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Midnight Opera 2-1fav (11-12) Led, headed after 5 out, mistake 4 out, no impression from next, lost 2nd from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 34l behind Morestead (11-0) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Olympian (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, soon in rear, struggling from 4 out, 6th of 8, 34l behind Not Til Monday (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Triangular (USA) (10-3) 98th of 20, 19l behind Mick Passoa (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Jun.
Pin D'Estruval (FR) 7-1 (11-6) Pressed leader, led 4th, driven and headed narrowly when left in lead again 2 out, soon ridden and headed, 3rd and no impression when hampered by loose horse last, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Restezen D'armor (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Sky Calling 11-2 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, challenged when not fluent 2 out, led narrowly last, head towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Gorge (10-7) at Taunton 2m nov chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Coach Lane 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, brought down 3rd, in a race won by Morestead (11-0) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.