Valley View is back on a winning mark but hasn't been firing this term. Father Shine looks vulnerable off his current mark but Pyracantha appears to be running into a bit of form and Topaze Collonges won at Lingfield and over today's track and trip before running a shocker at Leicester. THE SAWYER is in the veteran stage now but this represents a significant drop in class and it's just over a year since he was finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh at Haydock. If he can get anywhere near that form, Bob Buckler's chestnut would be worth an interest. Pensnett Bay has had a short break but was in decent form in the autumn and shouldn't be ignored.
Valley View (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up, headway to chase leaders halfway, mistake 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 7, well behind Shangani (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Father Shine (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Mid-division on outside, effort after 9th, outpaced and no impression approaching 3 out, 6th of 10, 14l behind Salubrious (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
The Sawyer (BEL) 16-1 (10-0) Prominent, led 8th untiil 9th, led next until 11th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Master Overseer (11-11) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Jan.
Speedy Bruere (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 7, 22l behind Sew On Target (11-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Pyracantha 50-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 9th, went 3rd from 3 out, no impression, mistake last, no extra, 3rd of 10, 20l behind O Crotaigh (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Pensnett Bay 5-2 (11-4) Led, hit and headed 12th, lost place 4 out, soon no chance with leading pair, tailed off when left 2nd and sole rival 2 out, 2nd of 5, well behind Pete The Feat (11-7) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 13-2 (11-6) Prominent, pushed along when hampered 3 out, soon weakened, mistake next, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Reginaldinho (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, hampered 6th, hit next, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 18l behind Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Orang Outan (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Led, mistake 3rd, headed before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Mujamead (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp ch 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Join The Navy 7-2fav (10-1) In rear, soon detached, tailed off, 4th of 10, 21l behind Newton Tonic (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.