Any punters returning a profit from today's card will certainly have earned it as this is yet another wide-open contest. Cloudy Too made no impression in a Grade 3 at The Festival but would have been interesting here had his stable been in better form as he'd earlier given Ohio Gold weight and a beating over course and distance. Cedre Bleu is fitted with a pair of blinkers after falling at Chepstow and has to go on the short-list along with Triptico and Tony Star, having just his fifth run over fences and a good third at Newbury last time. Bocciani could also play a part but Sydney Paget might find himself outpaced over this trip as his two wins have been over 3m and further. SHOEGAZER is conceding weight all round but has been highly tried since winning a Listed event at Newton Abbot last September and didn't run at all badly in the Grade 3 Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham earlier this month. He was making ground when a bad mistake stopped him in his tracks and he might do better on this flatter course.
Shoegazer (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Towards rear, outpaced when mistake 11th, kept on from last, never able to challenge, 7th of 22, 33l behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs.
Cloudy Too (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway on outside when hit 14th, outpaced next, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 24, 33l behind Golden Chieftain (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft.
Pepite Rose (FR) 5-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, hampered on ebnd before next, disputing 3 lengths 2nd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Pacha Du Polder (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd, 11 ran.
Tony Star (FR) 12-1 (10-10) Took keen hold in rear, headway on outside 4 out, jumped left and bumped next, stayed on under pressure from last and pressed for 2nd, no impression on winner, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Pacha Du Polder (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Cedre Bleu (FR) 11-4fav (11-4) Prominent, not fluent and led 3rd, headed next, ridden and every chance after 2 out, 1 length 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Carrickboy (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Sydney Paget (IRE) 1-7fav (11-7) Made all, clear 4 out, easily, won at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) sft beating Merlin's Wish (10-11) by 8l, 5 ran.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, hit 7th, jumped slowly 11th, challenged after 3 out, led before next, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 20, 9l behind Rajdhani Express (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) sft.
Pigeon Island 66-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, under pressure 5 out, soon no beaten, 5th of 6, 36l behind Cue Card (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs G1 (1) sft in Feb.
Triptico (FR) 11-4fav (10-8) Held up, hit 4th, headway approaching 5 out, hit 3 out, went 2nd after next, stayed on flat, unable to close gap to winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Kilcrea Asla (9-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft.
Bocciani (GER) 5-1 (11-12) Led, mistake and headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Wilde Pastures (11-1) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Slight peck 1st, chased leading pair, jumped slowly 4th led 6th, clear after 3 out, 3 lenghts ahead when mistake last, no extra and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Arbeo (11-2) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy.
Inoogoo (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 5th, headed 7th, jumped left 11th, weakened from 5 out, 6th of 8, 47l behind Viva Colonia (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.