SKI SUNDAY won with a bit in hand at Hereford on Sunday and is taken to follow up under his 7lb penalty today. R De Rien Sivola will be a big threat, while Sydney Sling is adapting well to the jumping game and is entitled to respect. A form line through Stow brings him close to the selection and it will be an intriguing encounter between them. R De Rien Sivola was found wanting when taking on his elders last time out and it would be harsh to write the four-year-old off on that evidence. However, his limitations were exposed and he now has a bit to prove. Therefore, it can pay to take a chance that the quick reappearance will be profitable for Ski Sunday. Tim Vaughan's charge won at Hereford despite failing to settle until the closing stages. But he rallied strongly when he came towards the finish and created the impression he is at the top of his game just now. He is not festival material, so this could be Ski Sunday's day in the sun.
Nothing Is Forever (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, led approaching 3 out, ridden when fell 2 out in race won by Dancewiththedevil (10-3) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec, 15 ran.
Ski Sunday 22-1 (11-0) Keen, in touch, ridden to lead last, ran on, won at Hereford 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft beating Nice Style (11-0) by 6l, 11 ran.
R De Rien Sivola (FR) 4-5fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, led 7th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake last, faded, 5th of 7, 15l behind Theatre Diva (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Sydney Sling (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) In touch, went 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, weakened, 3rd of 14, 17l behind Stow (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Archie Gunn 10-1 (10-9) In touch, lost place 5th, ridden and headway on inside approaching 3 out, soon one pace, 4th of 12, 5l behind Red Admiral (11-8) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Hungry For More 100-1 (11-4) Held up, effort after 3 out, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 12, 29l behind Den of Iniquity (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.