A very interesting beginners' chase which features several that should go on to better things. Dica and Present To You have already shown fair form over the larger obstacles while Christopher Wren will have learned plenty from his chasing bow at Newton Abbot. My Brother Sylvest and Thanks For Coming should certainly be monitored in the betting as both represent powerful yards while the four-year-old Creekside has plenty of scope and gets 10lb from the older horses. Oscar Leney has won a point-to-point but the interesting one may be HAZY TOM. Fifth in a Listed hurdle at Aintree on his final start of last season, he won twice over timber around this time last year before having his sights raised and appeals as the type to go well fresh.
Christopher Wren (USA) 15-8 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, weakened 4 out, 4th of 5, 48l behind Merrion Square (11-11) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) sft in Sep.
Dica (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Held up, effort 8th, ridden and no impression 2 out, left 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Definite All Star (11-7) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Hazy Tom (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) In rear, pushed along before 7th, headway before 3 out, kept on on from 2 out, 5th of 21, 13l behind Attaglance (11-12) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
King Diamond (FR) 100-1 (11-8) Led until before 2nd, with leader, weakened 4 out, 3rd of 5, 42l behind An Capall Mor (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m beg chs (4) gd in Sep.
My Brother Sylvest 40-1 (11-5) Led narrowly, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, 16th of 17, well behind Knight Pass (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Oscar Leney (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Towards rear, no danger approaching straight, kept on, 7th of 15, 29l behind Ploopluck Bridge (10-5) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul.
Present To You (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leading pair, left 2nd at 3rd, reminder after 6th, lost place after 3 out (usual 4 out), soon ridden, no chance with front pair before next, 3rd of 5, 25l behind Tindaro (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f beg chs (4) gd in Aug.
Prince Of Dreams 5-1 (11-11) Keen early, held up in rear, headway 2 out, chased clear winner last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Pinerolo (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Rebel High (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) With leader, led 3rd, headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 7th of 12, 28l behind Noble Media (10-0) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Aug.
Thanks For Coming 6-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 7th, lost 2nd last, weakened flat, 4th of 14, 29l behind Sainglend (11-1) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Creekside 14-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, hit 4th, struggling 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, 35l behind Lexi's Boy (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) sft in Apr.
Old Boy Ted 50-1 (10-12) Always behind, ridden 5th, never dangerous, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Royal Opera (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec, 7 ran.