Who Dares Wins has disappointed on the Flat this year and isn’t getting any younger but fellow veteran Leoncavallo has been running well, though hasn’t won over hurdles since May 2018. Goobinator, fourth in the Cesarewitch, fell when holding every chance at Bangor subsequently and connections will be looking to recoup losses but Courtandbould could only muster the one pace when third here last month. The form of Faire Part Sivola’s third at Ffos Las has been franked and he won earlier at that track but the novice form of COBBLERS DREAM (NAP) stands up to scrutiny and an opening handicap mark of 122 may be underestimating his potential.
Who Dares Wins (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Raced towards rear, ridden well over 4f out, stayed on one pace, 11th of 14, 7 1/4l behind Arcadian Sunrise (8-13) at York 2m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Leoncavallo (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leader, led over 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 6 1/4l behind Captain Morgs (10-11) at Ascot 2m hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Perfect Myth 20-1 (11-9) Towards rear, ridden after 3 out, well beaten when pulled up before 2 out, at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Shantou Express (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Soon towards rear, not fluent 4th, lost touch 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out, at Chepstow 2m hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Courtandbould (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Herbiers (11-3) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Faire Part Sivola (FR) 6-4fav (12-2) Tracked leaders, disputed lead when not fluent 3 out, ridden and outpaced 2 out, plugged on in 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 13 3/4l behind Lossiemouth (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Bordeaux Bill (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Keen tracked leader until ridden soon after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 12, 30 3/4l behind Hunters Call (11-8) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Ask Paddington (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) In touch, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Herbiers (11-3) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Goobinator (USA) 13-8fav (10-11) In touch when fell 3 out, at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Getareason (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Chased clear leader (winner) before 3rd until 3 out, no impression after, lost 3rd towards finish, last of 4, 15 3/4l behind Presentandcounting (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Raf Tavel (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, niggled along before 3 out, soon beaten, pulled up before 2 out, at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Cobblers Dream (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Chased leader, smooth headway to lead after 3 out, pressed when outjumped at last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Thunder Rock (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (3) gs in Nov.
Dakota Beat (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leading trio, weakened before turning in, 6th of 7, 22 3/4l behind Justatenner (11-8) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Fontana Ellissi (FR) 40-1 (11-2) Led after 2nd, went clear after 4th, not fluent 5th, headed approaching 2 out, faded before last, 13th of 20, 26 3/4l behind Art Approval (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Nov.