Now Then Charlie is sent over the larger obstacles straight away having won a maiden hurdle at this track last month. He's a half-brother to a chase winner and should give a good account but it could pay to stick with experience and GRANDADS HORSE gets the nod. The latter went close again off today's mark at Market Rasen last time having won at the same track before that and is preferred to Sail And Return, a dual winner over timber last month but a faller on his recent chasing bow. Cock And Hen looks a bigger threat as McCoy takes over the reins after a second at Worcester.
Grandads Horse 3-10fav (11-5) Not fluent, tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Bar De Ligne (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Cock And Hen (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, not much room 7th, went 2nd last, stayed on, not able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Ambion Wood (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in Jun.
Now Then Charlie (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Led, headed after 3 out, soon beaten, 15 lengths 2nd when not fluent and left well clear last, won at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun beating Barney Rubble (10-10) by 40l, 6 ran.
Sail And Return 7-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, in 5th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Bold Chief (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd, 6 ran.
Tango In The Night 4-1 (12-0) (cp) led to 7; strugg 11; pu 3 out, in a race won by Ease And Grace (11-7) at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp gs in Feb, 8 ran.