NOZIC had been pulled up in seven of his previous nine starts before a comfortable victory at Plumpton last week. That was his first start over a trip this short for a very long time and he's still on a winning mark despite a penalty. Fighting Chance will love the fast conditions and he's another who has dropped massively in the weights. He won easily at Hereford around this time a year ago and is now on a 4lb lower mark so should make a race of it with the selection. Ours appears to enjoy softer conditions than he'll face today and may get taken off his feet.
Nozic (FR) 14-1 (11-5) In rear, closed on leaders 8th, went 2nd after 3 out, led on landing next, ridden and ran on flat, won at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs beating Barton Cliche (11-10) by 7l, 5 ran.
Fighting Chance (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, took closer order 6th, ridden and every chance last, kept on held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Russian Conquest (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Ours (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Led, not fluent 10th, hit 13th, headed 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 8, 14l behind Tuskar Rock (11-8) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Feb.