THE CHUCKMEISTER is fancied to make a winning start under Rules for Paul Nicholls having got up close home to land a point-to-point at Rathcannon in October over this trip. Local Show may be the best of those with previous experience as he was second in a bumper before finishing third on his hurdling debut at Chepstow. He's also won between the flags, as has Rathlin Rose, who only found the selection's stablemate Southfield Vic too good over track and trip last month. Castle Cheetah was second at Worcester in October and is yet another who has scored in a point-to-point.
Castle Cheetah (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 2nd, edged right after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon edged right again, headed and not fluent last, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ballycoe (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Georgie Lad (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 3rd, no extra before 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Dream Deal (11-10) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Local Show (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway into 2nd before 4 out, lost 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Binge Drinker (11-12) at Chepstow 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Rathlin Rose (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden and outpaced next, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 13l behind Southfield Vic (10-12) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Riversbridge 20-1 (11-0) In rear, pushed along and struggling before 6th, mistake next, tailed off 4 out, mistake next, 7th of 9, well behind Brandon Hill (11-0) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Stickers 150-1 (10-12) In touch, weakened 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Warrantor (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
The Chuckmeister (IRE) 6-4 (12-2) Ww rr of mid-div, 6th 1/2way, good prog to 3rd bef 2out, further prog to 1l adv bef last, kow to line, won at Rathcannon 3m ire ptp in Oct, 8 ran.