Liam Corcoran's JANUARY has harshly been raised 7lb for his win at Hereford last month on his British debut but the opposition today does not look to be particularly strong and he can defy the rise in the weights, getting the vote to win again. Tigh Bhruadair fell early on when making his chasing debut for Evan Williams and looks best watched following that effort, while Jonjo O'Neill's In The Zone is held by the selection on running last time and is hard to recommend. Mark Rimell's Nesnaas ran well when second to Rokinhorsescience over 3m1f at Market Rasen last month and would have claims if able to handle the drop back in trip. Wild Power makes limited appeal in a race taken to go to January.
January 2-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6th, challenging when bumped 3 out, led next, 3 lenghts ahead last, driven flat, pulling himself up towards finish, held on, won at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug beating Misamon (11-4) by nk, 12 ran.
Tigh Bhruadair (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Led, jumped right and fell 4th, in a race won by More Like It (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Aug, 5 ran.
Nesnaas (USA) 3-1 (9-9) Close up on outside, lost place 10th, soon outpaced, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression, last of 5, 8l behind Ragador (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.
In The Zone (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, lost place bypassing omitted 4 out, soon behind, mistake last, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind January (11-2) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Wild Power (GER) 28-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, lost place 4th, headway after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind January (11-2) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.