Wilton Milan was close up when falling at Wincanton last month in the race won by Bertie Boru. It would be no surprise if he came out best of that pair today with a clear round as the winner has turned in a woeful performance at the same track since, making several mistakes before falling when in rear. Saroque likes to make the running but could be there to be shot at over this longer trip while Sandown scorer The Italian Yob disappointed when favourite at Cheltenham and is also trying 3m for the first time. There is no doubting the stamina of Huntingdon winner DARE TO ENDEAVOUR and he looks the most likely victor here given Dark Glacier took a backward step at Warwick last month and Master Todd is making his seasonal reappearance.
Wilton Milan (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) With leader, led from 1st, headed 8th, tracked leader, led 12th, headed next, a close 2nd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Bertie Boru (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f (3) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
The Italian Yob (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Mid-divisison, blundered 6th, lost place 11th, behind when pulled up after next, in a race won by Indian Castle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Dare To Endeavour 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader from 2nd until 6th and again from after 11th, challenged 3 out, soon led, stayed on well to draw clear flat, won at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy beating Beforeall (11-7) by 10l, 6 ran.
Saroque (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) Made all, pecked 12th, jumped slightly left 2 out, edged left flat, stayed on, won at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy beating Toby Lerone (11-8) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, held up, blundered 2nd, fell 13th, in a race won by Bennys Mist (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
Master Todd (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Held up towards rear on outside, not fluent 6th, hampered next, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd last, stayed on to press winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Count Guido Deiro (11-1) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Tracked leader until not fluent 7th, jumped right and bumped next, lost place and hit 10th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Union Jack D'ycy (11-9) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan, 9 ran.