Already a dual course winner here over 2m4f, POOKIE PEKAN is worth another try over a longer trip given he has been in fine form and is probably still improving – he has won on heavy ground in the past. Teddy Tee is now 0-10 over fences and may need this but Shanroe Santos has won four times over the larger obstacles and is a strong stayer who has been keeping better company. Diger Daudaie gets cheekpieces and still has a bit of scope while Misfits won’t fail through lack of stamina having placed over 4m.
Shanroe Santos (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, lost place 15th, rallied to take 4th before last, stayed on one pace under pressure flat, 4th of 7, 5 3/4l behind One Of Us (10-3) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Diger Daudaie (FR) 7-1 (11-8) With leaders until hit 5th, in touch, hit 11th and next, pushed along after 5 out, soon lost place, went modest 4th before before 2 out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, dist behind Perfect Candidate (11-8) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Teddy Tee (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led to 8th, tracked winner, mistake 10th, lost place 12th, unable to go with rival pair before 4 out, no chance after, hit 2 out, last of 3, dist behind Get Out The Gate (11-4) at Perth 3m (4) gd in May.
Misfits (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) In rear, ridden and weakened 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, dist behind Dontdelay (10-0) at Hexham 4m hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Pookie Pekan (IRE) 7-4fav (11-13) Tracked leader, joined leader 4 out, led next, ridden and ran on, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Henry's Joy (11-12) by 8l, 7 ran.