held up in rear, headway and in touch 10th, close up 3rd when mistake 4 out, challenged after next, ridden to chase winner when switched left after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last
Pairc Na Gcapall bounced back from a heavy fall at Huntingdon to win well at Taunton and merits respect under his penalty but he could struggle to concede weight to Victory Surge who ran on gamely to land his second race over fences and is fairly treated from a 5lb higher mark. Colin Tizzard saddled the second home in that race and it may be worth taking a chance with his chase debutant COUP ROYALE who progressed well over hurdles and is expected to make a better chaser. Sea Cadet is relatively consistent and should make his presence felt, Morestead had been in good form prior to a below par display last time and Petroupetrov is open to improvement over fences after just four starts and has a good record when fresh so could emerge as the biggest threat.
Pairc Na Gcapall (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led or disputed lead, hampered 2nd, led 11th to next, ridden after 4 out, led again next, stayed on well flat, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Oct beating Topless (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Coup Royale (FR) 11-8fav (11-0) In touch, headway to track leaders approaching 6th, narrow lead after 3 out, ridden and kept on under pressure approaching last, held on well towards finish, driven out, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar beating Wizard of Odds (10-11) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Sea Cadet 4-1fav (11-11) Tracked leader, jumped well, driven 13th, every chance 3out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Basoda (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Petroupetrov (FR) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 9th, headway 11th, outpaced after 14th, no impression after, 5th of 11, 18l behind Rifleman (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.
Morestead (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Tended to jump right at some fences, led, not keen and coaxed along after 10th, headed before 4 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 4th of 5, 34l behind High Oscar (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Victory Surge (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Jumped right, tracked leaders, went 2nd 14th, challenged after 2 out, hit last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Classic Clover (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Indiana Gold (FR) 11-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 6th, wakened before 4 out, 6th of 7, well behind Woodlark Island (11-3) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.