There is almost certainly more to come over fences from OWEN GLENDOWER following a comfortable debut victory at Ludlow. He doesn't look badly handicapped here on his hurdles form and gets the vote ahead of the in-form Quicuyo and Kings Grey, who was put up 11lb after winning at Newcastle. Paul Webber's stable seems to have turned a corner and Marley Roca was still going well when falling behind Quicuyo here last time. The seven-year-old should be far away today with a clear round but Restezen D'Armor may now be in the handicapper's grip and American Trilogy has his first start since April. Montoya's Son also returns from a break.
Restezen D'armor (FR) 5-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 46l behind Quito Du Tresor (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Owen Glendower (IRE) 8-11fav (11-2) Held up behind leaders, left 2nd 4th, not fluent 7th, left in lead after 4 out, jumped left last, eased towards finish, won at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov beating Rebeccas Choice (11-2) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Quicuyo (GER) 9-2 (11-12) Made all, kept on well, driven out, won at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Nov beating Milgen Bay (11-3) by 7l, 9 ran.
American Trilogy (IRE) 11-8 (11-5) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd 7th, chased winner after 10th, challenged 2 out, still pressing winner last, outbattled flat, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Fruity O'Rooney (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd in Apr.
Safari Adventures (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) In rear, ridden and kept on from 2 out, no impression, 7th of 9, 11l behind The Panama Kid (11-8) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Nov.
Kings Grey (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Towards rear, headway to chase clear leader after 4 out, kept on to lead last 50 yards, won at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov beating Diamond Frontier (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Marley Roca (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) In rear, ridden before 10th, headway approaching 4 out, staying on when fell 4 out, in a race won by Quicuyo (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Nov, 9 ran.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside to get in behind leaders approaching 8th, pushed along approaching 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, soon ridden, upsides last, led soon after, ridden out, good ride, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov beating Heavenly Chorus (10-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 11-8 (11-5) In touch, joined leaders on outside 5th, led 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no chance with winner approaching last, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Majestic Mayhem (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
Charingworth (IRE) 40-1 (10-3) Towards rear, not fluent 5th, hampered 11th, headway before 4 out, went 4th 3 out, left 3rd next, kept on flat, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Fistral Beach (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Oct.
Quite The Man (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) In rear but in touch, left 2nd 2 out, ridden and chance before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Going Wrong (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd in Nov.
Quipe Me Posted (FR) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden after 9th, weakened from 4 out, 16th of 17, well behind Tanks For That (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Cool Operator 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, 15l behind Best Lover (11-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.