THAT'LL DO failed to land the odds when dropped back in trip at Taunton last time but still finished well clear of the rest in third place. He had won as he liked over C&D before that and, with the proviso that he handles the soft ground, Paul Nicholls' charge gets the vote. Nicky Henderson is still firing in the winners so Busker Royal has to be considered on his reappearance after a break while Requin is on the upgrade having won his last two starts, though has been raised 15lb since winning at Exeter last month. Sparrow Hills won over 2m4f here a fortnight ago and should confirm the form with the third-placed Five Star Wilsham.
Shoegazer (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Behind, some headway under pressure after 2 out, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 8th of 17, 14l behind L'Accordioniste (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.
Busker Royal 7-2fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, led 6th, headed 3 out, no extra flat, 4th of 14, 13l behind Son Of Flicka (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
William Hogarth 14-1 (11-3) Disputed lead, ridden after 4 out, lost place next, weakened 2 out, 10th of 16, 42l behind Ski Sunday (11-11) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Requin (FR) 7-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, pressed last, kept on run-in, held on well towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec beating Salontyre (10-2) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Maraafeq (USA) 50-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 5 out, ridden before next, weakened before last, 8th of 18, 33l behind Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
That'll Do 4-6fav (10-13) Tracked leader, joined leader when hit 6th, led approaching 7th, headed approaching 2 out, no extra from last, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Nicene Creed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Scots Dragoon 10-1 (11-3) Mid-division on outside, jumped slowly 3rd, headway 11th, lost place when fell 17th, in a race won by West End Rocker (11-11) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Dec, 13 ran.
Bally Legend 9-1 (11-8) In touch, headway to chase leaders 6th, stayed on under pressure flat, went 3rd last stride, not reach winner, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Marleno (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec.
Lupanar (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up in rear and not always fluent, pushed along 8th, only 8th and plenty to do before 2 out, driven and headway when hit 2 out, stayed on before last, strong run flat, took 2nd final 100 yards and going on close home, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Kauto The Roc (10-8) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Valento 25-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, hung right approaching 2 out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 20l behind Mille Chief (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy.
Sparrow Hills (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Led to 2nd, with leader, led again 6th, made rest, hard pressed 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft beating Gold Reef (10-6) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Wester Ross (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, headed before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 11, 12l behind Organisateur (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Five Star Wilsham (IRE) 7-2fav (10-8) Mid-division on inside, headway when not much room 3 out, effort next, ridden and edged left between last 2, every chance last, no extra flat, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Sparrow Hills (9-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Gunna Be A Devil (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Behind, headway on outside before 3 out, stayed on to take modest 4th 2 out, 4th of 16, 22l behind Filbert (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs.
Ring For Time 33-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, lost place after 5th, kept on on from 3 out, one pace, 5th of 18, 23l behind Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Ceepeegee (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, 4th under pressure before next, driven to modest 3rd just before 2 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 16, 26l behind Mic's Delight (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Devon Native (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, stayed on same pace in 3rd approaching 2 out, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Awesome Freddie (11-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Red Mile (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd or 7th, hampered 8th, headway 3 out, one pace approaching last, 3rd of 11, 13l behind No Secrets (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Boomtown Kat 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, disputing 2nd and ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, well behind Victors Serenade (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Romance Dance 2-1 (10-12) With leader, led 2nd, headed approaching 7th, chased winner and ridden approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Detroit Red (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Posh Emily 33-1 (11-0) Behind, stayed on approaching 2 out, never in contention, 6th of 15, 16l behind Henry King (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.