DIVINE SPEAR has been raised 10lb after landing a double with a victory at Ascot in December. But Nicky Henderson’s charge spreadeagled the field for an easy win on that occasion and has plenty in hand with the opposition on these terms. Sizing Titanium journeys across from Ireland having failed to defy a 7lb rise at Naas for winning at Navan earlier. But he still makes more appeal than both Bobbie's Diamond and Scorpo given their recent poor form.
Sizing Titanium (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 4th on inner 2 out, soon no extra, 4th of 7, 8 3/4l behind Blue Empyrean (10-3) at Naas 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Bobbie's Diamond (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Towards rear, reminder after 2nd where slight mistake, closer in 11th after 3rd, 15th approaching 6th, no danger from before final fence, 16th of 19, dist behind Spider Web (10-7) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp Yielding - Soft in Dec.
Scorpo (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) In rear, pushed along 4 out, soon lost place, pulled up, at Catterick 2m (4) hvy in Jan.
Divine Spear (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Jumped well, made virtually all, 2 lengths ahead going well 3 out, over 5 lengths clear last, kept up to work after last, stayed on strongly, won at Ascot 2m 1f hcp (3) sft in Dec beating Exitas (11-8) by 10l, 5 ran.