Noble Legend is quite capable of going close in this company on one of his going days. But BENEFIT CUT looks the more reliable having won easily at Market Rasen last week. He can shrug off a penalty and go in again. Billy Cuckoo also carries 7lb extra for his recent win at Doncaster but Have You Seen Me can effectively race off a lower mark than when second at Warwick with a conditional taking over the reins here. The consistent Rydalis is usually thereabouts without actually winning which makes it difficult for the handicapper to drop her in the weights.
Noble Legend 10-1 (10-11) Prominent, mistake 14th, lost place and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Shotgun Paddy (11-7) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Benefit Cut (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Made all, clear 3 out, eased flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft beating Saints And Sinners (10-8) by 9l, 6 ran.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd approaching 7th until approaching 12th, outpaced 3 out, rallied from 2 out, switched left flat, stayed on to 3rd post, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Ballinvarrig (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, jumped slow last, kept on and found extra run-in, won at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Di Kaprio (11-10) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led until 3rd, led after 5th, driven flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Time To Think (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Rydalis (FR) 7-2fav (11-5) Chased leaders, led 4th, hit 7th, headed 9th, led agin 11th, ridden and clear when blundered 2 out, hung left before last, joined and tired last, headed flat, chased winner, no extra in 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Rhum (11-0) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.