Fergal O'Brien has his horses in tremendous form and anything he runs has to be respected so the vote in a moderate contest goes to DOUBLETOILNTROUBLE. He won two minor handicaps in convincing fashion last season and the lack of a recent run shouldn't pose a problem. Nom De Guerre is also returning from a break and though looking the pick of these on form he has a history of breaking blood vessels so is overlooked for that reason. Dark Glacier was in poor form earlier this year and reappeared with a very disappointing last of five at Wetherby when favourite.
Nom de Guerre (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Held up in rear, left 4th 11th, went close 3rd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Franklin Roosevelt (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Close up until jumped slow and soon lost place early, pushed along 5 out, never a factor, last of 5, 21l behind Susquehanna River (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Doubletoilntrouble (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Held up in 5th and 6th, went right 7th, outpaced 12th, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 9, 35l behind Quarl Ego (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Thats Ben (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, struggling 10th, behind 12th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Danandy (10-12) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Smart Catch (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, blundered 6th, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 25l behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 50-1 (9-11) Behind, pushed along 3rd, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Carmela Maria (11-0) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul, 13 ran.