VALLEY VIEW went up 9lb for scoring easily at Towcester and had a battle to complete the double in very heavy ground at Exeter. Both victories were over 2m4f but he has given the impression that today's trip is what he wants and a hat-trick beckons. Bold Ransom landed a class 2 handicap at Haydock but has struggled subsequently after being raised 9lb while it's difficult to know what to make of the ex-French Marescsou on his first start for Venetia Williams though entries at a higher level suggest he is well regarded. Fabalu likes it around here and is well handicapped if anywhere near his best but Daldini hasn't won for two years.
Bold Ransom (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, always struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Beamazed (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy, 13 ran.
Marescsou (FR) (10-10) in a race won by Or Noir De Somoza (11-4) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f chs hvy in Nov '10, 10 ran.
Valley View (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, went 2nd before last, ridden run-in, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Rebeccas Choice (11-4) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fabalu (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Held up mid-division, weakened from 12th, plugged on from 5 out, 5th of 11, well behind Morgan Be (11-2) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Daldini 15-2 (11-8) Pressed winner to 9th, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden and beaten, 4th of 7, 20l behind O Crotaigh (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.