Jacks Last Hope was almost nine lengths ahead of THEATREBAR when second at Southwell and is only 2lb worse off. But Dan Skelton’s veteran should be approaching peak fitness now and may well turn the tables. Theclockisticking has proved frustrating to follow but it would be no surprise to see him in the firing-line while The Vollan was a good second at Uttoxeter. Ballyhome won here over fences recently and Mason Jar was keeping on when fifth at Southwell and Cillin Leonard takes off a handy 7lb.
Theatrebar 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 5th, outpaced before 2 out, went modest 4th after the last, never on terms, 4th of 6, 12l behind Rhythm Is A Dancer (10-12) at Southwell 3m hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Jacks Last Hope 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in close 3rd on inside, ridden and went 2nd between last 2, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/4l behind Rhythm Is A Dancer (10-12) at Southwell 3m hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Monbeg Legend 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders until weakened 14th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp lst (1) gd in Jun.
The Vollan (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, hampered 3 out, headway approaching last, stayed on, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 3 3/4l behind Mister Universum (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Cresswell Legend 9-2 (11-6) Prominent, pushed along 6th, lost place 13th, behind 15th, 8th of 9, 37 1/2l behind Roll Again (11-2) at Ludlow 3m hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Theclockisticking (IRE) 8-15fav (12-3) Raced wide, chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, went modest 3rd next, went left last, weakened and lost that placing towards finish, 4th of 7, 13 1/4l behind Mighty Thunder (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Ballyhome (IRE) 7-2jfav (10-12) Always prominent, pecked 5th and slightly 3 out, led 2 out, edged right and stayed on well to draw clear flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f (3) gd in Jul beating No Hidden Charges (10-12) by 3 3/4l, 8 ran.
Jack Devine (IRE) 11-8 (11-0) Tracked sole rival, upsides 15th, mistake 4 out, ridden and 2 lengths down after next, never able to get back on terms, well held before last, last of 2, 16l behind Deise Aba (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f (4) gs in Jan.
Mason Jar (FR) 13-2 (10-13) Led until 2nd, prominent, hampered just before 2 out, soon switched right, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 8 1/2l behind Hunters Call (10-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Enniscoffey Oscar (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) In touch on outside, jumped right, not fluent 5th, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 9, 24 1/2l behind Mister Universum (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
That's A Given (FR) 7-2 (11-3) Held up in rear, keen early, well beaten before 2 out, last of 9, dist behind Mister Universum (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Victory Echo (IRE) 5-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders,pushed along and dropped to rear 4 out, rallied 2 out, weakened flat, last of 5, 23 3/4l behind Doc Penfro (11-0) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.