Penchesco was pipped at the post by today's rival James Pollard over C&D last week. They're hard to separate here, though Aine's Delight registered a C&D hat trick earlier this year and could get the better of both today. Kahfre will have come on for his recent reappearance in a better race at Chepstow and can figure, but ROCK OF DEAUVILLE makes more appeal. He too was making his seasonal debut at Cheltenham last week when a disappointing favourite, but with that run under his belt and a 10lb claimer to ease his burden, Paul Nicholls' charge can make amends.
Bathwick Man 11-1 (11-12) Prominent, led after 5th, ridden 3 out, hung left and headed approaching 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 10, 23l behind Fountains Flypast (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.
Aine's Delight (IRE) 4-7fav (12-5) Held up, headway to take 3rd 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, ridden approaching last, led towards finish, all out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in May beating Cossack Prince (11-1) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Fontano (FR) 4-7fav (10-11) Mid-division after 1st, closed 4th, ridden after 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 9l behind There And Then (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Rock Of Deauville (IRE) 11-8fav (10-9) In touch in mid-division, closed 3 out, no extra flat, 7th of 8, 9l behind Star Of Aragon (9-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gf.
Penchesco (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leader until 2nd, stayed in 3rd, led approaching 2 out, driven and kept on flat, headed close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind James Pollard (10-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Kahfre 20-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, chased winner until 3rd stayed in 3rd place, pushed along after 4th, went modest 2nd again 3 out, no chance with winner, dropped to 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Domtaline (11-10) at Chepstow 2m Limited hcp hdl (2) gd.
January 40-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 50l behind Fountains Flypast (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.
James Pollard (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, left disputing close 2nd last, stayed on under pressure flat, led close home, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf beating Penchesco (11-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Boogie Dancer 33-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching 4 out, soon ridden and beaten, tailed off, 8th of 11, 50l behind Gambo (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Took keen hold, headway to track leader 2nd, left in lead on bend after 2nd, hit 3 out, ridden and headed before next, weakened quickly and soon behind, 7th of 9, 24l behind James Pollard (10-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Dear Maurice 16-1 (10-0) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, led and not fluent 3 out, headed and hit last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Tayarat (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.