VALCO DE TOUZAINE faces his stiffest task to date but beat a subsequent winner over this trip at Leicester last month and may be good enough to complete his hat-trick. Ahyaknowyerself looks a danger on his second to Open Hearted at Bangor as he will have learned from that while Mwaleshi wasn't disgraced in trying to give 6lb to the promising Eduard at Carlisle. Rockawango will need to improve markedly on his victory in a Catterick novices' handicap to figure here and Noche De Reyes makes his chasing bow against decent opposition.
Mwaleshi 3-1 (11-6) Led, joined 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, rallied last, no extra flat, stayed on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Eduard (11-0) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) gs.
Rockawango (FR) 11-8 (11-5) Tracked leader until after 3rd, went 2nd 5 out, always going well up straight, led after last, easily, won at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov beating Little Glenshee (11-2) by 6l, 3 ran.
Valco De Touzaine (FR) 4-9fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 3rd, jumped left from 4 out, not fluent 3 out, ridden flat, edged left towards finish, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gf in Nov beating Buthelezi (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, chased winner before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Open Hearted (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nov chs (4) gs.
Noche De Reyes (FR) 3-1fav (11-4) Held up, headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden and hit 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Favorite Girl (10-7) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.