Eclair De Guye won at Fontwell on only his second outing over fences and a conditional’s allowance negates a rise in the weights. But NATIVE ROBIN has a good strike rate over the larger obstacles with five wins in 16 attempts and it could be his turn again today having finished runner-up in both starts since returning to action. Francky Du Berlais never threatened the winner when second at Ffos Las though drops down a grade for this while Domaine De L'Isle also faces an easier task than at Newbury last month and looks best of the rest.
Domaine De L'Isle (FR) 50-1 (10-13) Behind, plugged on from 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Azzerti (11-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Francky Du Berlais (FR) 3-1 (11-3) Led until after 4 out, led again before next, mistake 2 out, headed last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Never Equalled (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Dorking Cock (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leader, hit 6th, slightly hampered 8th, went left next, weakened 3 out, 4th of 9, 24 1/4l behind Sammy Bill (11-0) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Native Robin (IRE) 4-1jfav (11-4) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden and held when carried head high before the last, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Keep Moving (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Eclair De Guye (FR) 5-2cfav (11-7) Held up, headway and went 2nd briefly after 10th, led 2 out, ridden flat, stayed on, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Battle Of Ideas (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Louse Talk (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Led, headed narrowly 10th, left in lead again 4 out, headed before next, ridden and no impression from 2 out, 4th of 9, 12 1/2l behind Horatio Hornblower (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Envol De La Cour (FR) 50-1 (11-6) Led after 1st until 13th, weakened rapidly, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Indian Brave (IRE) 11-1 (11-11) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 4 out, outpaced 2 out, plugged on to take modest 3rd after last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Caventara (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Mouseinthehouse (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up, jumped right 1st, in touch when mistake 3rd, not fluent next, lost place 7th, left remote 3rd 4 out, disputing 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 23l behind Darling Alko (12-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp (4) sft in Nov.