Gardefort makes his debut for Venetia Williams having won a couple of chases in France. The merit of that form is hard to assess and DUNGEEL makes more appeal. He beat Son Of Flicka on his chasing bow at Catterick on New Year's Day and improvement is expected from Donald McCain's charge. Sixty Something went close at Uttoxeter but turned in a bad one when favourite at Leicester and Bobcatbilly is preferred on his earlier win over 2m4f here in December. Sergeant Dick is another to disappoint on his latest start but is worthy of consideration on his earlier defeat of Wychwoods Brook at Ffos Las.
Sixty Something (FR) 7-4 (10-11) Tracked leader, led 2nd until 8th, not fluent 10th, mistake next, ridden after 14th, weakening when jumped left last, 3rd of 4, 27l behind Ely Brown (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Dec.
Gardefort (FR) 5-1 (10-10) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f chs hvy in Nov beating Indianeyev (10-12) by 10l, 7 ran.
Dungeel (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Made all, ridden 2 out, kept on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Jan beating Son Of Flicka (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Bob Ford (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Led, soon clear until before 9th, headed 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Emperor's Choice (10-5) at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy, 12 ran.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th, blundered next, led 12th, mistake and headed 4 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 9, 40l behind King Edmund (11-12) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in last pair, smooth headway on inside approaching 11th, disputing 2nd next, travelling ok 3 out, weakened tamely before next, tailed off, 6th of 7, 40l behind Ballinvarrig (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Green Wizard (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) With leader, led 1st, headed 13th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Rose Of The Moon (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 7 ran.