On a line through Dynaste, there isn't a great deal to choose between Hadrian's Approach and Unioniste and the latter was was getting 5lb when beating Walkon in a Grade 3 handicap over a shorter trip at Cheltenham last time. OUR FATHER was outstayed by Highland Lodge at Cheltenham last time but had won easily on his debut over fences at that track and this easier course may be in his favour. It's too early to give up on him just yet and he gets the nod here. Same Difference finally came good at Leicester last month but has a lot more on his plate here while it's impossible to fancy Henry Hurst in this company.
Our Father (IRE) 8-11fav (11-9) In touch on outside, pressed winner from 3rd, outpaced when switched inside after 3 out, one pace in clear 2nd approaching next, no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 5, 22l behind Highland Lodge (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) hvy in Dec.
Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mistake 1st, tracked leaders, effort 4 out, went 2nd next, kept on same pace, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Dynaste (11-7) at Kempton 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Same Difference (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Made all, jumped right 1st, clear 4 out, easily, won at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Jan beating Wiesentraum (11-7) by 26l, 6 ran.
Unioniste (FR) 15-2 (9-9) Mid-division, hit 8th, headway 4 out, led narrowly after next, stayed on well approaching last, ridden clear flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec beating Walkon (10-12) by 11l, 14 ran.
Henry Hurst (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Chased leader, blundered and fell 6th, in a race won by Molotof (11-2) at Taunton 2m nov chs (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.