POLYFAST was highly tried when with Nicky Henderson last season. He won at Kempton but was then pulled up in the Racing Post Chase and fell in the Topham at Aintree. A change of stable seems to have done him some good as he was second between the flags at Charing a month ago and he could go one better today. Fresh Air And Fun is over his ideal trip and capable of running well fresh while Bermuda Boy looks the pick of his yard's two runners. Direct Flo won a seller over hurdles at Worcester last summer but has changed stables since and is best watched over fences for the first time.
Henri Prends Garde (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, ridden when slightly hampered 6th and left in lead, soon headed, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 12, 24l behind Arctic Watch (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Polyfast (FR) 7-4 (12-7) (cp) gd hdwy 3 out; no imp, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Commander Kev (12-0) at Charing 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Rince Donn (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) In rear, weakened 4th, tailed off, 7th of 11, 46l behind Ophelia's Kiss (10-13) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 4-1 (11-4) Prominent, not fluent and reminder 7th, outpaced from 4 out, went 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Lancetto (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) gd in Sep.
Danehill Willy (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, lost place 6th, behind when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Safari Journey (10-8) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Oct '10, 10 ran.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 9-4fav (11-11) Held up in rear, headway 6th, chased leaders 10th went 2nd next, led narrowly 3 out, mistake next, soon headed, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind King Cyrus (11-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (5) gd in Mar.
Penyfan Dawn (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Hdwy 8; wknd 14; blun last, 3rd of 9, 23l behind Makena (11-7) at Ideford Arch 3m ptp gf in Jan.
Shalamiyr (FR) 25-1 (12-7) Held up; lost tch 14; pu 2 out, in a race won by For The Staff (12-7) at Chipley Park 3m ptp gs in Jan, 11 ran.
Direct Flo (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) In rear, not fluent 3rd, reminders after 5th, 2nd last and behind 7th, headway approaching 3 out, switched right flat, soon led, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Jul beating Heir To Be (11-5) by 3l, 17 ran.