Keep an eye on William's Wishes in the market on this first run after a lengthy absence but PEPITE ROSE is taken to get back on the winning trail here. Venetia Williams has enjoyed a tremendous month and her mare was arguably the stable success story of last season. She made a very pleasing reappearance when third here behind Gus Macrae at the last meeting and should be spot-on now. There seems no reason why she should not continue her upwardly mobile ways this term. Toubab has only enjoyed the five runs over fences and could progress into a very useful second-season chaser. He rates the main danger for the Nicholls team. Champion Court is consistency personified but this trip looks rather on the sharp side and Tanks For That is a likelier contender for the shortlist. He is not always the most consistent of performers but will be very dangerous if on a going day.
Tanks For That (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, weakened next, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Edgardo Sol (11-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Champion Court (IRE) 15-8 (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway before 4 out, soon joined winner, every chance 3 out, ridden and beaten before last, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Mad Max (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Led 2nd, soon clear with one other until approaching 9th, headed before next, lost place before 4 out, no impression from next, 4th of 11, 37l behind For Non Stop (10-11) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Pepite Rose (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Held up and off the pace, steady headway to chase leaders 7th, went 3rd 3 out, disputing 2nd bypassing omitted 2 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Gus Macrae (9-12) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs.
Toubab (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leading pair from 2nd, hit 5th, went 2nd 7th, 3 lengths down when blundered 2 out, well beaten after, 2nd of 4, 13l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Marodima (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Led 1st, headed after 3 out, one pace from next, 4th of 11, 12l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
William's Wishes (IRE) 8-13fav (11-8) Made all, not fluent 3rd, clear after last, easily, won at Hereford 2m nov chs (3) sft in Jan '11 beating Outside The Box (10-12) by 7l, 5 ran.