Whitby Jack was strongly fancied a better race at Ascot last week but was among the first beaten. The longer trip may have been to blame and he would have claims on last month's win at Kempton. Soft ground won't faze Scorched Son while James Cowley takes 7lb off landscape, who has won at Exeter and Taunton this season. SHAMMICK BOY was trying to give 5lb to Billy Twyford at Wetherby three weeks ago. That ties him in closely with Landscape on collateral form and Victor Dartnall's gelding can go one better today. Captain Sharpe could be well treated on last season's form but has found life tough this term while All Annalena isn't getting any better.
Landscape (FR) 15-8 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, soon ridden and no chance with winner, lost 2nd between last 2, dropped to 4th flat, 4th of 10, 12l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Scorched Son (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden after 5th, effort before
Whitby Jack 3-1fav (10-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4 out, weakened 2 out, 10th of 13, 27l behind Kuilsriver (9-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Shammick Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, led 3 out, ridden before and mistake last, caught post, 2nd of 14, shd behind Billy Twyford (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Zama Zama 40-1 (11-11) Slow 4th, always behind, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Brick Red (11-5) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Comehomequietly (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Led 2nd until 3rd, led before 9th, not fluent and headed 12th, hit 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before next, in a race won by Grandioso (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 8 ran.
All Annalena (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leader, took keen hold, challenged 4th, not fluent next, led 7th, headed before 3 out where not fluent, no extra last, 4th of 9, 16l behind Prima Porta (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft.
Captain Sharpe 33-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, ridden to chase leaders before 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression between last 2, 6th of 11, 34l behind Landscape (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.