ULTIMATUM DU ROY ran a big race when third to Saroque in much better company than this at Newbury last month. Tony McCoy gets the leg-up today and Alex Hales six-year-old is preferred to Presence Felt. The latter has a shout on his latest fourth at Haydock which looks superior form to Legendary Hop's victory over 2m4f here back in November - the latter also has a 9lb hike in the weights to contend with. Plum Pudding appears to have gone off the boil a little but may get involved if reproducing the form of earlier placed efforts.
Presence Felt (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Led, clear until after 4 out, blundered next, headed after next, 4th and beaten last, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 6, 6l behind Bobcatbilly (10-8) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Ultimatum Du Roy (FR) 7-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, steady progress 12th, 4th from 13th, went 3rd 4 out, no impression when mistake 2 out, mistake last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Saroque (10-8) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Plum Pudding (FR) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders until lost place and dropped to rear before 5th, rallied 10th, went 3rd 12th, pushed along and outpaced approaching 3 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Bincombe (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Dec.
Legendary Hop 3-1 (11-12) Held up, progress to 3rd at 7th, chased leader 4 out, left in lead before next, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Molko Jack (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Around A Pound (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) Mistake first, tracked leader, blundered and dropped to rear 7th, ridden next, kept on flat, 4th of 5, 14l behind Barenger (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Got Attitude (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Soon settled in 4th, hit 8th, ridden after 4 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 6, 36l behind Chestnut Ben (11-6) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.