QUINSMAN has steadily moved into form over four starts this term culminating in a decisive success over course and distance a week ago for which he totes a 7lb penalty. He doesn't face a straightforward task at the weights but did the job well that day and will enjoy prevailing conditions against rivals with questions to answer. Another Kate will be better for her comeback run but has yet to suggest she's a natural over fences whilst Lisheen Hill is hard to assess, having shown nothing on debut over the larger obstacles on his penultimate run but quite impressive next time up over hurdles. He'll be a threat if able to transfer that latest level back to fences. Mr Valentino is the 'dark horse' as he hasn't been seen for nearly 600 days but showed some chasing promise for Lawney Hill previously. It will be interesting to see if the money comes for him on this first start for Ben Pauling who made a solid start to life in the training ranks last term.
Quinsman 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led from 3rd, jumped right 9th, kept on well from last, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf beating Old Pals Act (11-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Another Kate (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 4 out, mistake 2 out, 7th of 8, 29l behind Steel Summit (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Whispering Jack 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until 4 out, weakened before 3 out, pulled up approaching last, in a race won by Long Wave (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 7 ran.
Lisheen Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent 7th, headway next, went 2nd 2 out, challenged last, soon led, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Lygon Legend (10-11) by 7l, 9 ran.
Mr Valentino (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased winner until ridden after 3 out, rallied to 2nd again 2 out, closed approaching last, strong challenge and every chance under pressure flat, outbattled in closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Quartz Du Montceau (10-9) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec '12.
Pure Anticipation (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Towards rear, reminder 6th, lost touch and pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Owner Occupier (10-9) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd, 10 ran.
Autumm Spirit 16-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 8th, never a factor, 8th of 14, well behind Mister Wiseman (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.