Tidal Dance makes his handicap debut having been placed twice in bumpers and over hurdles. He probably won't be far away if improving a little on his second at Folkestone while Award Winner bounced back to form at Uttoxeter and has now won three times this season when McCoy has been in the saddle. Promised Wings can't be ignored but Twin Bud is still a maiden after 20 runs over hurdles and is currently on a career-high mark. HAZY BAY is a durable stayer and made a promising reappearance at Towcester last month. He doesn't stand much racing but, if that hasn't taken too much out of him, could be the answer to this as he's already won twice over C&D on soft going. The remainder have a bit to prove at present.
Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leader on outer, jumped left, jumped slow 4th, weakened from 9th, pulled up, in a race won by Current Event (11-1) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Tidal Dance (IRE) 13-8 (11-0) Chased winner, mistake 8th, lost 2nd and outpaced approaching 2 out, rallied approaching last, went 2nd final 100 yards, strong run near finish, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Milansbar (10-9) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Promised Wings (GER) 5-1 (11-6) Pushed along virtually throughout, in touch, reminders approaching 5th, chased leading trio next, went 3rd on long run to last, stayed on to 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 18l behind Who Owns Me (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Award Winner 12-1 (11-4) Prominent, challenged 2 out, led and held together before last, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec beating Always Bold (11-6) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tarvini (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Behind, struggling in rear after 7th, tailed off and eased after 3 out, 10th of 16, well behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, 32l behind Buck's Bond (10-9) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Hazy Bay 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, outpaced in 4th before 3 out, plugged on to take 2nd approaching next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 19l behind Bravo Riquet (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Twin Bud 8-1 (10-11) Chased leader until 3 out, rallied to modest 2nd in closing stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Queens Grove (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.
Royal Kicks (FR) 9-2 (10-9) Led, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 19l behind Overlay (10-4) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Ashmolian (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, soon went 3rd, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Overlay (10-4) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.