Scales has been racing over further but wasn't beaten far at Uttoxeter last week, although will need to race closer to the pace here. Moscow Me won at Worcester and Southwell in the autumn while Miss Tilly Oscar was third over course and distance two weeks ago and has an experienced rider on board. VOLCANIC JACK is only modest but has shown a bit more in his last two runs and Alice Mills is decent value for her 5lb claim in this company. Peak Storm may be capable of better and looks best of the rest.
Scales (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd before last, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Di Kaprio (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Moscow Me (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Led narrowly to 2nd, with leader, effort when blundered 3 out, no impression with winner when mistake next, lost well beaten 2nd and mistake last, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Portway Flyer (11-13) at Ludlow 2m 5f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Peak Storm 33-1 (10-7) Held up well in rear, moved closer 4 out, hit 3 out, went modest 3rd, under pressure and blundered next, soon driven and one pace, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Volnay De Thaix (11-8) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Exemplary 14-1 (11-1) Always behind, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Brinestine (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Officially Modern (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Led, pecked badly and rider lost iron briefly 7th, led 4 out, soon beaten, well beaten 6th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Seventh Hussar (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov, 8 ran.
Miss Tilly Oscar (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, driven to chase leaders before next, ridden to take 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Flying Phoenix (10-13) at Ludlow 2m (4) gd.
Mister Fantastic 11-1 (10-7) Not fluent and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Stadium Of Light (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in Oct, 11 ran.
Veratan (FR) 50-1 (10-5) Mid-division, lost place after 4th, behind when badly hampered last, 10th of 16, 38l behind Going Concern (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway when hit 3 out, chased leaders next, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 9l behind King Zeal (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Wynn Darwi (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, well beaten 7th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Cloud Brook (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Rolling Dough (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Towards rear, headway on inside approaching 3 out, went 2nd when hit next, ridden and kept on flat, always held, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Great Link (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd.