Urgence D'Estruval won twice over fences in France last year and will be all the better for a recent outing over hurdles at Sandown. But she has a double penalty in this, 6lb more than Jackies Solitaire who scraped home at Catterick after unseating her rider when in touch at Doncaster. VIOLIN DAVIS didn't jump very well out of the tacky ground on her chasing bow at Exeter but that experience will not have been lost on Harry Fry's seven-year-old and she could be the one to beat today. Queen's Bay is another likely improver having finished fourth at Ludlow last week, as is One More Cookie, but Cruise In Style tackles the larger obstacles for the first time here.
Urgence D'estruval (FR) 14-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along and no progress after 3 out, kept on flat, finished well, 7th of 12, 14l behind Lord Of House (9-9) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy.
Jackies Solitaire 4-1 (9-13) Held up behind, headway 7th, not fluent 3 out, went 3rd when jumped left next, ridden and stayed on well on stands side rail flat, led post, won at Catterick 2m beg chs (3) hvy in Dec beating Heez A Cracker (11-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 6-1 (10-1) Mid-division on inside, chased leaders and effort approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 13, 15l behind Home Run (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
One More Cookie (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, blundered 4th, headway to chase leading pair at 10th, ridden outpaced and no chance from 4 out, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Sunny Ledgend (10-7) at Lingfield 3m beg chase (4) hvy.
Queens Bay 6-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, badly outpaced and lost place 11th, stayed on again before last, went 4th flat, kept on, 4th of 10, 7l behind Valmari (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft.
Violin Davis (FR) 8-1 (10-7) In touch in 5th and keen, went 4th at 7th, ridden before 4 out, went modest 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 27l behind Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (4) hvy.