DASHING GEORGE has been running well without success in higher grade contests and looks to have a leading chance on the back of a three-length defeat at Sandown by State Benefit. Father Shine won at Musselburgh before a spin on the all-weather but is 10lb higher today. Eyre Apparent has run well either side of being pulled up at Uttoxeter and Billy Cuckoo is holding his form and went in again at Sedgefield last time having won over C&D in November but Qualitee is struggling and is harder to fancy.
Dashing George (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Tracked leaders and keen, led 10th, headed before 2 out, jinked before last, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec.
Father Shine (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leading pair, headway on outside after 12th, challenged 3 out, ridden to lead next, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec beating William Money (11-10) by 7l, 5 ran.
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led before 11th, driven 4 out, hard pressed 2 out, ridden flat, kept on until headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Dusky Bob (11-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Dec.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Made most and mistakes, headed narrowly 2 out, kept on well from last, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec beating Riskier (11-11) by 3l, 7 ran.
Qualitee 22-1 (10-13) Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch 6th, led after 4 out, headed after 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 15, 14l behind Waywood Princess (9-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.