Some of these still have some potential but Sandown third Grandads Horse would have preferred a faster surface while Whats Happening races for a new stable and has had a break since notching a double in Ireland in the summer. Easter Day will be popular, despite making mistakes when only fourth on his chasing debut at Chepstow, but we prefer RENARD D'IRLANDE. The grey was a little lucky to win at Uttoxeter 12 days ago but that will have done his confidence the world of good and he's possibly well treated here. Harry Hunt and Sergeant Dick both have decent form to their name but need to improve again to land this.
Grandads Horse 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, lost place before 7th, mistake 12th, well beaten 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft.
Whats Happening (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Soon tracked leaders, niggled along 6 out, not fluent 4 out, closed and on terms before straight, led and stayed on best closing stages, won at Limerick 3m chs gf in Jul beating Original Option (11-10) by 1l, 9 ran.
Easter Day 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leading pair, outpaced when lost 3rd 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 5, 23l behind Balder Succes (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov chs (2) gd in Oct.
Harry Hunt 15-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd or 5th, in touch from 9th, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Mart Lane (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct.
Renard D'irlande (FR) 11-4fav (11-3) Always prominent, ridden after 4 out, 1 1/2 lengths down when left in lead last, idled, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft beating No Buts (10-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Prominent, led before 3rd, ridden after 4 out, edged left flat, all out, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy beating Wychwoods Brook (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.