Big Water has been raised 5lb since scoring at Carlisle and that may have opened the door for SHADRACK to resume winning ways. The grey came up short at Aintree on his reappearance but wasn't disgraced. He'll strip fitter today and will appreciate this easier surface. Billy Cuckoo has been well below par in two recent starts but Premier Grand Cru will have learned plenty from his fourth at Carlisle and has more scope than Tregaro. Shooters Wood won a Class 2 handicap for Paul Nicholls in 2012 off a higher mark but then lost his way and makes his debut for a new stable after a break today.
Shooters Wood (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, weakened before 5 out, 5th of 6, 26l behind Changing The Guard (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr.
Big Water (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Prominent, ridden to join leader 2 out, led narrowly next, stayed on, won at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcap ch (3) sft beating Son Of Suzie (10-4) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Shadrack (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, left briefly 2nd and hampered last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Lamool (10-13) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked winner until 10th, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 5, 25l behind Bennys Well (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Premier Grand Cru (FR) 8-1 (11-2) In touch in 4th, went 3rd 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 24l behind Stopped Out (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft.
Tregaro (FR) 10-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, not always fluent, blundered 3 out, closed 2 out, switched right before last, no impression, 5th of 7, 7l behind Foundation Man (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.