Molanna View was well backed on his third start over hurdles at Kempton and likely to be in the firing-line here of what appears a decent mark. Sacco D'Oro is upped in grade, however, after springing a surprise at Southwell while Mariinsky was well beaten on his handicap debut at Taunton. MANNLICHEN has been keeping better company than this in his three starts to date over timber and has acquitted himself well. He's been put up 4lb for finishing second at Towcester but that may not stop Venetia Williams' five-year-old from opening his account today.
Mannlichen 16-1 (11-2) Prominent on inside, led after 3 out, went right, not fluent and headed 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 17, 8l behind Grafite (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec.
Great Hero 125-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, stayed on past beaten horses to take 5th approaching last, never nearer, 5th of 14, 27l behind Spanish Treasure (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Freddy's Star (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up in 4th until after 4th, soon ridden, weakened approaching 6th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pennellis (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov, 9 ran.
Mariinsky (GER) 40-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, close up on inside, lost place 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 15, 29l behind Henry King (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Winchester Red 11-4fav (10-10) Towards rear, tailed off when pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Cold Mountain (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul, 13 ran.
Molanna View (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Mid-division on inside, chased leading pair after 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Jay J (10-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
De Welsh Wizzard 14-1 (10-9) Mid-division on outside, headway approaching 7th, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Grafite (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec, 17 ran.
Lucky Dancer 16-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway 6th, effort after 3out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 17l behind Call At Midnight (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Sacco D'oro 20-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 3 out, led on bit before last, kept on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs beating Pinewood Legend (11-3) by 4l, 7 ran.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, mistake 2 out, never on terms with leaders, weakening when mistake last, 6th of 16, 17l behind Minnie Hill (10-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft.
Mangonel 9-2 (10-0) Took keen hold, chased leader, challenged from 6th, every chance when hit 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 6, 21l behind Matako (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.