Tarabela has won twice here but hasn't raced over fences for almost three years and is making her reappearance under a big weight. Endofdiscussion is still creeping up the weights but is another with a decent record at the track over fences, though is still a maiden. Salut Honore won over a longer trip here last month while Mollusk is starting to look well treated but has yet to show much this year. Jim Old's runners here are always worth a second look and TODAREISTODO is no exception. He's 5lb higher than when winning this last year but looked to be back on track at Chepstow last month and is preferred to Fontwell second Malibu Sun, who is also entered at Fontwell, and penalised course and distance winner Bill The Lad.
Tarabela 11-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb beating Bravo Riquet (11-0) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, jumped left 2nd, every chance 3 out, 4 lengths off winner last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Classic Case (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Guanciale 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, jumped right 5th, hampered after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no extra last, last of 6, 12l behind Young Hurricane (11-12) at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Todareistodo 10-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5 out, chasing leaders and every chance when blundered 4 out, switched right and rallying when not fluent 2 out, stayed on under pressure to 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Salut Honore (FR) 11-2 (10-6) Mid-division, blundered 13th, chased leaders 4 out, no impression from next, 5th of 10, 26l behind Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Mallusk (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, hampered 12th, not recover and soon pulled up, in a race won by Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Malibu Sun 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 5th, mistake 5 out, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Charmer (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Mid-divison, closed from 6th, not fluent 3 out, 4th and no impression when hit 2 out, 4th of 8, 20l behind Capisci (10-9) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Bill The Lad (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Held up behind on inside, headway 10th, went 2nd after 3 out, upsides next, led between last 2, 5 lengths advantage when left clear last, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft beating Carli King (11-10) by 10l, 9 ran.
Kirbys Glen (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Held up, not fluent 3rd or 5th, closed from 13th, went 3rd before 3 out, soon outpaced and no impression on leaders, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Highbury High (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.