WONDERFUL CHARM has taken to fences like a duck to water and is fancied to complete his hat-trick. He was run close by Fox Appeal at Wincanton last time but the runner-up is decent and this course is likely to suit him better. Up To Something was just touched off by Ivor's King at Ascot after winning at Carlisle but will need more here. The Romford Pele will be winning soon, however, judged on placed efforts at Chepstow and Cheltenham while Tanerko Emery will be one to watch once the ground turns heavy. Harry Hunt was engaged to run in a novices' handicap here yesterday and that is more his level.
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.
Up To Something (FR) 5-2fav (11-5) Tracked clear leader, closed 10th, lost 2nd 3 out, pushed along in 3rd soon after, rallied to 2nd between last 2, challenged last, soon led, driven flat, headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Ivor's King (10-11) at Ascot 2m 3f (3) gs.
Wonderful Charm (FR) 11-8fav (11-8) Disputed 2nd, challenged 4 out (usual 5 out), led briefly approaching 2 out (usual 3 out), soon ridden, rallied on long run-in, led again towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs beating Fox Appeal (11-2) by 1l, 4 ran.
Tanerko Emery (FR) 22-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, baldy hampered 4th, headway 3 out, ridden after 2 out, disputing 6th last, stayed on same pace, 5th of 18, 7l behind Dell' Arca (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd.
The Romford Pele (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, effort to chase leading pair before 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression before last, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs (2) gd.