BILLY CUCKOO has a 7lb penalty for last week's victory at Wetherby. However, that's still the best form on offer and Tony Coyle's charge can shrug off a heavy burden and go in again. Silver Steel was unsupported at Stratford when attempting to follow-up an earlier win at Perth and ran accordingly but Flichity posted a much better effort at Southwell last time and he may figure. Pickworth landed a double over hurdles early in the year but was tailed off on her chasing debut before that and Capisci has yet to show any worthwhile form.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Prominent, left in lead 7th, headed 9th, led again before 4 out, kept on under pressure, all out, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft beating Doberdan (10-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Silver Steel (FR) 16-1 (11-1) In touch, headway after 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 18l behind Roc De Guye (10-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Pickworth (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Led until 3 out, weakened last, 8th of 10, 20l behind Florafern (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Capisci (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Chased leading pair, ridden and no chance with leaders 4 out, weakened flat and lost three places, last of 6, 23l behind Farewellatmidnight (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Flichity (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Behind, steady headway 11th, ridden after next, chased leaders after 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, held when mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Oscar Leney (10-6) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.