Home Run is upped in class and raised another 10lb by the handicapper in the hope of bringing his winning run to an end. David Pipe's charge may find a sixth straight win beyond him and MR MOLE is just preferred. The latter lost his unbeaten record at Wincanton in November but further progress looks likely on his handicap debut and he gets the nod. Cabimas has the past form to figure and should be sharper after a recent outing on the all-weather but Regal One and Tornado In Milan have something to prove in this grade. Marie Des Anges has won over fences since landing a hurdle race at Worcester last year and has outside claims.
Mr Mole (IRE) 2-7fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, moved up to challenge when cocked jaw and hung left approaching 2 out, still hanging left before last, went right on landing last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Kings Lad (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Nov.
Home Run (GER) 6-4fav (11-11) Always prominent, driven to lead approaching 3 out, soon ridden and edged left, hard pressed last, edged left and stayed on under pressure flat, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan beating Takaatuf (10-5) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Cabimas 25-1 (11-4) In rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 14, 12l behind Fair Trade (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Regal One (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway before 3 out, soon chased clear winner until after last, no extra, 4th of 14, 13l behind Mr Watson (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Tornado In Milan (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Extremely So (10-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Marie Des Anges (FR) 6-4fav (10-0) In rear, chased clear pair from 6th, staying on and about 8 lengths down in 3rd when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Wilde Pastures (10-2) at Catterick 2m nov chs 0-110 (4) sft, 5 ran.