TONIC MELLYSSE didn't do a lot wrong when trying to give weight to Irish raider Kalann over hurdles at Cheltenham last month. He's won twice over timber but is closely related to French chaser Onolyssa so should have no problem with the switch to fences and is fancied to prove too strong for Tatispout, who was a big disappointment when long odds-on over C&D two weeks ago having won easily at Stratford earlier. Tornade D'Estruval is interesting, however, as she'll be all the better for her run in a novice hurdle at Ascot last month and is from the same family as the useful Gris D'Estruval.
Tonic Mellysse (FR) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, closed 4th, led approaching 3 out, soon headed, ridden and beaten after 2 out, left 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Kalann (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gf in Oct.
Tatispout (FR) 3-10fav (10-7) Raced freely and set fast pace, soon well clear, not fluent when reduced advantage 8th, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 4, 10l behind Schumpters Lad (11-1) at Warwick 2m nov chs (3) gf.
Tornade D'estruval (FR) 10-11fav (10-13) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, tracked winner 4th, hit 4 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, weakened and lost 2 places flat, 4th of 6, 18l behind Court In Session (11-6) at Ascot 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.