Stage Acclaim fell early on at Fontwell on Friday and will have to be monitored closely if he turns up here, though he did go close at Huntingdon previously. Icy Colt looks a promising novice but could need his first run since scoring over a slightly shorter trip here in May and has to compete off level weights with KARASENIR. A decent hurdler, Philip Hobbs' charge showed the benefit of his Stratford debut over fences when winning easily at Newton Abbot and further progress should be forthcoming.
Icy Colt (ARG) 7-1 (10-6) Made all, ridden and hard pressed from 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) gf in May beating Points of View (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Karasenir (IRE) 5-6fav (11-6) Led 1st, hit 4out, headed briefly 2out, clear last, pushed out, won at Stratford 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf in Sep beating U B Carefull (11-3) by 7l, 4 ran.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Left in lead 1st, knuckled on landing and headed 10th, rallied to lead again before 2 out, veered right last, jockey lost iron briefly, hung right and soon headed, held after, straightened up and stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind The Wifes Pet (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Aug.