ELEAZAR sets a decent standard on his second to Southwestern in a valuable hunter chase at Stratford last May and may just have too much for Teddy's Reflection, who won a novices' handicap at Ascot in 2010 but makes his hunter chase debut this afternoon. Barbers Shop was third in the King George in 2009 and gets 8lb from his likely market rivals but he returns from a long absence today and appeared to have lost his way when last seen. Star Double could have a fitness advantage over the others having won at Higham last month but he's easily held by the selection on last year's C&D form.
Eleazar (GER) 9-2 (12-0) In touch, stayed on from 2 out, strong run flat, finished well to 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Southwestern (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in May.
Teddy's Reflection (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Mid-division, blundered 1st, lost place before 15th, well behind and ridden 15th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Junior (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gd in Mar, 24 ran.
Barbers Shop 40-1 (10-0) Never really travelled in rear, ridden and struggling 16th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Diamond Harry (10-0) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) gs in Nov '10, 18 ran.
Star Double (ITY) (12-5) Led; hdd 3 out; rallied up to ld agn runin, won at Higham 3m ptp gf in Jan beating L'oudon (12-5) by nk, 5 ran.