Wazowski led home better-fancied stablemate Gray Day in a Donald McCain 1-2 over track and trip five weeks ago but there is nothing between them on today’s terms. Christopher Robin has been generally progressive since returning from a break but steps up a grade for this. Grageelagh Girl has become hard to place and has never won a handicap but she has place claims again. Chaser Damut I'm Out made a winning return to hurdling at Southwell and Del Duque finished with a flourish to score over 2m4f at Uttoxeter so is worth a try over this longer trip but it’s about time TANGO ECHO CHARLIE was getting his head in front and he makes his handicap debut on a fair mark.
Damut I'm Out (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Raced wide in mid-division, slightly lost place 8th, rallied before next, chased leaders before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and pressed when good jump to assert last, won at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Jac Brown (12-1) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Del Duque (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, some headway after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, close up before last, ran on strongly to lead run-in, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug beating Sweeping Rock (10-0) by nk, 13 ran.
Meldrum Lad (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) In rear, outpaced 2 out, well beaten before last, 8th of 9, 13 3/4l behind Lough Derg Jewel (12-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Grageelagh Girl (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 6th, outpaced after 3 out, hung left and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 18l behind France De Reve (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Leith Hill Lad 80-1 (11-5) Always behind, tailed off 4 out, 6th of 9, dist behind Prabeni (11-4) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Starcrossed 80-1 (11-4) Soon behind, tailed off 6th, pulled up after, at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Wazowski 13-2 (12-0) Held up in rear, jumped left 4th and 5th, headway before 5 out, pressed leader approaching 3 out, led when ridden before 2 out, pecked 2 out, jumped quickly last, held on (hand timed), won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Aug beating Gray Day (11-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Samson's Reach 10-1 (9-3) Held up, pushed along 7f out, weakened 4f out, last of 10, dist behind Robeam (9-11) at Southwell 2m hcp (6) pol in Aug.
Gray Day (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Prominent, not fluent 3rd and 4th, pressed leader when jumped right 8th, led 4 out, headed 3 out, ridden and upsides 2 out, outjumped last, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Wazowski (12-0) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Aug.
Christopher Robin (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, challenged 3 out, led before last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Quivvy Lough (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Loch Linnhe 7-2 (11-6) Held up, headway after 12th, hit 13th, ridden and went 2nd approaching 3 out, pecked 2 out, stayed on to lead last strides, won at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Apr beating Little Windmill (11-12) by nk, 6 ran.
Envol De La Cour (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, weakened into 4th between last 2, 4th of 10, 7 3/4l behind Damut I'm Out (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Capparattin 50-1 (11-13) Midfield, hit 4th, mistake 5th, ridden and relegated to rear before 5 out, detached turning for home, no extra, 10th of 12, dist behind Hello Bob (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Phoebus Lescribaa (FR) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway on outside after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 17, 16 1/2l behind Espalion (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Tango Echo Charlie (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd 3 out, challenged 2 out, not fluent last, lost 2nd towards finish, stayed on, 3rd of 9, nk behind College Oak (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f (4) gs in Aug.