Sue Smith has won the last two of these so Camden George has to be respected despite a long absence. ARMEDANDDANGEROUS looked in need of further despite scoring over this trip at Towcester and was more impressive over 3m at Newcastle last time. He's been raised 10lb for that latter victory but there should be a strong pace set by the front-running Billy Cuckoo and his stamina will come into play so he gets the vote to complete a hat-trick. Mannered struggled to land a three-runner race at Wetherby when one of his rivals fell but Full Of Joy should be winning soon following three runs after a long break and is expected to be in the firing line. Et Maintenant has won five times over fences and is reasonably treated with Grant Cockburn's claim a major bonus.
Bobble Hat Bob (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Led until 4th, chased leader until 10th, chased leaders, ridden 13th, mistake 3 out, disputing 3rd under pressure when went right bumped and fell 2 out, in a race won by Nuts N Bolts (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and clear before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Bertie Milan (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Full Of Joy (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Tracked winner until 2nd and again from 13th until before 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 7, 24l behind Rhum (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Camden George (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Led, not fluent and headed 2nd, prominent, led 8th until 9th, ridden 12th, weakened 4 out, 4th of 7, 30l behind Tamarinbleu (11-12) at Haydock 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec '11.
Armedanddangerous (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at the 6th, led before 5 out, not fluent 4 out, clear before last, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan beating Royal Mackintosh (11-10) by 10l, 5 ran.
Red Tanber (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, jumped left 2nd, went 2nd after 4th until 7th, weakened approaching 4 out, 8th of 9, 34l behind Prince Of Dreams (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs.
Et Maintenant (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 10th, outpaced next, no impression 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 6, 7l behind Tipsy Dara (10-12) at Ayr 2m 5f cnd hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Flying Squad (UAE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, soon in touch, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, in 5th when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Billy Cuckoo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Tracked leader, led 4th, soon headed, blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Saddle Pack (10-12) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Mannered 9-4 (11-0) Led 3rd, ridden 3 out, stayed on well flat, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec beating Knockando (11-12) by 1/2l, 3 ran.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Raced in last pair, mistake 5th and next, struggling 8th, plugged on to take moderate 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Sacre Toi (10-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Overlady 9-2 (11-10) Held up, headway after 9th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Shadow Boxer (10-3) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
What A Dream 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.