Woody Waller had every chance behind Tara Royal at Musselburgh last time but again found little when push came to shove. He's only a couple of pounds higher here, however, and should again beat Ultimate and Silk Drum. Tara Royal's trainer, Donald McCain, runs Sports Line here but he's proved disappointing since arriving from Ireland. Quicuyo has a great record here, winning three times since November. He jumped really well when making all over C&D last time and is only 4lb higher now but track and ground should suit GET IT ON and the bottom weight will also appreciate the likely fast pace. He is the selection, though Takeroc should find this a little easier than recent assignments.
Takeroc (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, chased winner until approaching 5th, stayed in touch in 5th, went 4th approaching 7th, one pace and no impression when went left 2 out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Finian's Rainbow (11-5) at Kempton 2m Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.
Pure Faith (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, struggling halfway, lost touch and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Kauto Star (11-7) at Haydock 3m Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Nov, 6 ran.
Quicuyo (GER) 12-1 (11-0) Made all, hard driven when pressed 2 out, stayed on gamely, won at Doncaster 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Jan beating Stagecoach Pearl (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Silk Drum (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up, never in contention, 10th of 13, 13l behind Tara Royal (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Woody Waller 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led after 4th, jumped left 4 out, headed next, mistake next, no impression on winner, held on well for 2nd, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Tara Royal (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Sports Line (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) In rear, outpaced 3 out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 26l behind Lucaindubai (11-4) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jan.
Ultimate 11-4fav (11-8) Prominent, hampered and left in lead 4th, soon headed, hit 8th, lost place 3 out, no impression after, 6th of 13, 10l behind Tara Royal (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Get It On (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 4 out, closed when pecked slightly 2 out, soon went 2nd, no impression on winner, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Scoter Fontaine (10-12) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs (3) sft in Jan.