Tregaro didn't appeal as the sort to be searching for a hat-trick a few months ago but here he is and with very acceptable claims of completing the three-timer. However, he's up 16lb for his two latest successes and preference is for TWICE LUCKY for the Sue Smith team. He really has got his act together in recent starts over fences and makes plenty of appeal here off a mark of 89 following a comfortable success at Kelso a week ago. He looks the sort to progress again. Billy Cuckoo is also worth a place on the shortlist after running a solid race behind Shoal Bay Dreamer at Hexham recently when a respectable 5l second. He should be on the premises again, especially if the application of first-time blinkers produces additional improvement.
It's Like That (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 5 out, ridden to challenge 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 26l behind Venetian Lad (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Tregaro (FR) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, led 3rd, clear and blundered last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct beating Earl Grez (10-10) by 2l, 6 ran.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, took closer order 6th, led 7th, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Shoal Bay Dreamer (9-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Twice Lucky 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 10th, made rest, drew clear before 2 out, ridden out flat, won at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Ballybanks (10-9) by 7l, 4 ran.
Doberdan (USA) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders until 7th, well beaten after 10th, 6th of 13, 38l behind Gougane (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Pistol Basc (FR) 7-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, hampered 4th, headway 7th, went 2nd next, hit 12th and 4 out, weakened after next, 6th of 11, 34l behind Local Present (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Archie's Wish 18-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, blundered and hampered 5 out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, well behind Or de Grugy (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.