Tannerman is almost certainly better than he showed at Exeter in January while Black Pond hasn't been beaten far in either start over hurdles, though does need to settle better if he's to make an impact at the winter game. OLD TRICKS was the only one to make a race of it with Theatre Guide over C&D last month and, as that was only his second start over timber, he's open to plenty of improvement. Winner of a bumper here on Boxing Day, the five-year-old could round off what promises to be a successful day for the Tizzard team.
Effectsmenone 20-1 (11-5) Raced wide always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 16, dis behind Cool George (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Kilrye (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up, not fluent 2nd, pushed along 5th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Theatre Guide (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Lundy Bay 100-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, tailed off 6th, 11th of 13, well behind Darlan (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Murphy's Choice 200-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, behind, mistake 1st, pushed along before 7th, soon struggling, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by So Fine (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov, 17 ran.
Old Tricks (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Always prominent, every chance 2 out, held by winner when jumped right last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Theatre Guide (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Seymour Legend 200-1 (11-4) Held up, headway after 2nd, weakened approaching 2 out, 11th of 18, 30l behind Waterunder (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Shades Of Autumn (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 12, 22l behind Rysbrack (11-2) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Tannerman (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, no chance when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind African Broadway (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Zafaraban (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outer, not fluent jumping and jumped left, weakened from 4 out, 15th of 18, 40l behind Jenari (11-7) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Forgotten Promise 50-1 (11-0) Led and took keen hold, headed about halfway, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened, 14th of 18, well behind Taradrewe (10-9) at Warwick 2m mrs N H flat (6) gd in Feb.
Black Pond (USA) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, effort when not fluent last, faded flat, 4th of 14, 6l behind Eagle Rock (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.