FOX APPEAL's length second to Wonderful Charm at Wincanton was a commendable effort and he'd run Black Thunder, another smart prospect, to a neck at Fontwell earlier. Through Wonderful Charm, he may just have the beating of the bold-jumping Up To Something at the weights and can make it third-time lucky over fences today. Raya Star chased home Dodging Bullets at Cheltenham after winning at Uttoxeter but may just be better over 2m. Mr Mole also steps up in trip but won a shade cosily at Warwick, though could be a tricky customer at times over hurdles. Sergeant Dick doesn't look up to this class.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Jumped right, led pushed along and joined 2 out, soon headed and driven, 2 lengths down and well held last, no chance with winner and dropped to 3rd final 125 yards, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Easter Day (11-0) at Newbury 2m 6f (3) gs in Nov.
Up To Something (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Led, ridden and pressed from 2 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Wonderful Charm (11-8) at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Fox Appeal (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, tracked leader, blundered 10th, switched outside before 3 out (usual 4 out), soon challenged, led 2 out (usual 3 out), ridden after last (usual 2 out), kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Wonderful Charm (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Mr Mole (IRE) 13-8 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took closer order after 3 out, led after last, easily, won at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) gs beating Vukovar (10-8) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Raya Star (IRE) 15-8fav (11-2) Tracked leader, jumped right 3rd, mistake next, not fluent 6th, challenge 8th, led 4 out, ridden and joined when not fluent 2 out, headed before last, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Dodging Bullets (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) gd in Nov.