Winning point-to-pointer CORNISH ICE has been consistent over regulation fences and though still looking a few pounds high looks the one to be on in this moderate event. Roseneath has been disappointing on his subsequent starts since scoring on quick ground at Worcester in July and is unlikely to appreciate today's conditions. Tuskar Rock's last victory was in 2012 and he's been outclassed in his four subsequent races. This is a drop in grade but he's been running poorly. Barton Gift continues to attract strong support in his races without looking likely to justify it though first-time blinkers could do the trick.
Tuskar Rock (FR) 9-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway after 10th, not fluent 12th, outpaced 13th, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 6, 31l behind Full Of Joy (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Vintage Tea 50-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, mistake 6th, driven before 3 out, soon ridden, weakened next, 6th of 10, 32l behind Chicklemix (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Keltic Crisis (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Baby Shine (10-7) at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Cornish Ice 12-1 (11-7) Not fluent 1st, led narrowly, headed 7th, regained lead next, ridden and headed before 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd last, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Chicklemix (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 8th, headway 10th, outpaced before 5 out, well held before 3 out, 5th of 6, 31l behind Hansupfordetroit (11-0) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Roseneath (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 3 out went 2nd on inside 2 out, driven and kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Wood Yer (11-12) at Warwick 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Ball Hopper (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 20l behind Global Power (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Oct '12.
Mallusk (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Prominent, led 2nd until 3rd, led after 5th, headed before next, hit 10th, no extra 4 out, 6th of 8, 30l behind Le Grand Chene (10-9) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Ballyegan (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Held up in 6th, tailed off 13th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Glenwood Prince (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Barton Gift 7-2fav (11-1) Prominent, ridden 8th, mistake 9th, lost place after 11th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.