REY NACARADO never looked in any danger when accounting for a field of experienced handicappers at Plumpton last month. Charlie Longsdon's six-year-old still has plenty of scope over the larger obstacles and is fancied to defy a 9lb rise in the weights. Mallusk won over 2m at Uttoxeter last month but stayed this trip in point-to-points and is another likely to improve with experience. Mohi Rahrere has been in decent form of late but Rear Gunner has already had six starts over fences and looks a little one-paced. Arturo Uno is also beginning to look exposed but did have some form in decent company last season and was in the firing-line when falling on his reappearance at Ascot - he could make the frame with a clear round.
Factotum 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, reminders 6th, mistake 7th, tailed off 9th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Fine Parchment (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd in Dec, 17 ran.
Mallusk (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, led 2 out, ridden clear approaching last, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec beating The Cockney Squire (11-12) by 10l, 6 ran.
Moleskin (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place 9th, ridden 5 out, weakened 3 out, 8th of 16, 48l behind Major Malarkey (11-6) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
Rear Gunner (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) With leader, hit 4 out and next, outpaced 2 out, 3rd and beaten when hit last, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Triggerman (11-1) at Folkestone 3m 1f beg chs (4) gs in Dec.
Rey Nacarado (IRE) 4-1fav (11-6) Always prominent, led 2 out, soon driven, ran on well, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Dec beating Rebel Melody (11-9) by 4l, 12 ran.
Mohi Rahrere (IRE) 4-1 (10-10) Behind, blundered and almost unseated rider 7th, headway under pressure 3 out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd last, never reached leaders, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Flying Squad (9-11) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Arturo Uno (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Prominent, went 2nd 6th, fell 12th, in a race won by Teddy's Reflection (11-9) at Ascot 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Or Sing About (FR) 66-1 (10-11) Held up, niggled along from 6th, went 3rd 11th, lost touch 13th, fell 3 out, in a race won by Peveril (11-0) at Folkestone 3m 1f beg chase (5) hvy, 5 ran.