Upham Atom gained his only chasing success over the C&D in March but may just need this after a long break while Tarquinius scored over an even longer trip here two years ago and has had even longer off. Nudge And Nurdle last won a race at Sandown two years ago but has been slowly dropping in the weights and has a chance here with his young rider's claim a big help. The assessor gave Magot De Grugy a real chance at Fontwell on his reappearance and he took it with a hard-fought success for which he's been raised 7lb. He looks certain to go well but JUST THE JOB is a progressive chaser who made all at Chepstow last time and a 7lb penalty doesn't look enough to prevent a follow-up.
Upham Atom 2-1fav (11-4) Held up last but in touch, closer order to 5th 13th, slow 16th, disputing 3rd at 18th, went 3rd 2 out, 3 lengths to find and driven last, strong run flat, just failed, 2nd of 6, ns behind The Ferbane Man (11-2) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in Apr.
Nudge And Nurdle (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, one pace from next, 4th of 9, 16l behind Rockiteer (11-9) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Tarquinius (FR) 11-4fav (10-13) Tended to jump left, chased leaders on outside, weakened and mistake 18th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Noble Bily (9-9) at Folkestone 3m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar '10.
Just The Job (IRE) 85-40fav (11-6) Made all, not fluent 13th, ridden approaching 4 out, left well clear last, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating Stormyisland Ahead (11-12) by 14l, 6 ran.
Magot de Grugy (FR) 3-1fav (10-9) Chased leaders, slow and slightly lost place 7th, rallied 10th, tracked leader 12th, led approaching 3 out, kept on gamely under pressure flat, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov beating Full Of Joy (11-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Freeline Fury 11-1 (11-2) Held up, pulled up after 5th, dismounted, in a race won by Skipper's Lad (10-10) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Oct '09, 7 ran.
Master Cobbler (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) In touch on inside, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on same pace, no impression from next, 6th of 13, 7l behind That'lldoboy (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.