Dunlough Bay is starting to come down the weights but was well beaten over 3m here last month. Ultimatum Du Roy couldn't justify favouritism at Huntingdon after winning at Market Rasen but Farbreaga arrives off the back of a victory at Southwell, though the second did nothing for the form earlier this week. PISTOL couldn't cope with Sandown's tricky fences last time and was eased but he'd shown promise earlier at Wetherby and is potentially well treated over the larger obstacles. We'll give Philip Hobbs' five-year-old another chance, though Perfect Candidate is equally unexposed and Young Hurricane wouldn't be without a chance if in the mood.
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, blundered 5th, headway to mid-division when hit 13th, hampered 14th, mistake 4 out, ridden and weakened soon after, tailed off, 7th of 11, 50l behind Restless Harry (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Perfect Candidate (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 5 out, stayed on from last, nearest at finish, 4th of 7, 10l behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.
Pistol (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Ran in snatches and not that fluent, in touch when mistake 10th, soon outpaced, tried to close after 3 out, no impression, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 47l behind Saroque (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy.
Ultimatum Du Roy (FR) 9-4fav (10-12) In touch, jumped slowly 2nd, mistake 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, 2 lenghts down when not fluent last, no extra, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Dare To Endeavour (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy.
Young Hurricane (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 1st, jumped left and went 2nd 4 out until 2 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Wood Yer (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Farbreaga (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, led 6th, headed next, pushed along after 4 out, led 3 out, ridden before 2 out, pressed before last, kept on well run-in, won at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy beating Royal Riviera (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.