Nigel Twiston-Davies won this last year with the useful Torpilo and GOA LIL runs in the same colours. He easily won a bumper in the French Provinces in August and is bred for jumping. Thyme White is also a French import, winning on the Flat as a two-year-old and placing twice over 1m2f this year. Goshen carries a penalty but is greatly respected as he rattled up a hat-trick on the level before easily landing the odds at Fontwell on his hurdles bow. The Pink’n also made a winning start to his jumps career at Newton Abbot, though that was back in July. Mr Chua was third at Catterick last month but this looks a better race.
Goshen (FR) 4-11fav (10-12) Jumped right, made all, mistake 6th, well clear when jumped badly right 2 out and last, eased flat, won at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) sft in Nov beating Manucci (10-12) by 23l, 5 ran.
The Pink'n 9-2 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, headway on inside after 3 out, shaken up to lead after 2 out, hit last, edged left and ridden flat, ran on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f (3) gd in Jul beating Must See The Doc (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Air Hair Lair (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Led 1f, soon lost place, not a factor after, 13th of 15, 9 3/4l behind Shifting Gold (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Arizona Glory 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leader approaching 3rd, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 12, 23 3/4l behind Sir Psycho (10-12) at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) gd in Oct.
Goa Lil (FR) (10-0) won at Brehal 1m 4f gs in Aug beating Garia D'oudairies (9-10) by 5l, 9 ran.
Mr Chua (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Pressed leader, pushed along after 3 out, left in lead when not fluent next, soon headed and ridden, lost narrow 2nd flat, kept on, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Scorched Earth (10-12) at Catterick 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Thyme White (FR) (9-5) 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mon Ouragan (9-2) at Toulouse 1m 2f stks sft in May.
Tribal Commander 11-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 10, dist behind Group Stage (10-12) at Ludlow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Brass (FR) 25-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along in rear, tailed off final 5f, last of 13, dist behind Spring Run (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp (6) gf in Sep.