No Way Hozay won from out of the weights over a longer trip here last Friday. He'd finished well ahead of Turf Trivia when third before that and should go close if this race doesn't come too soon but IBN HIYYAN is just preferred. The latter appeared not to get home over 2m4f at Towcester last time but had won nicely at Hexham earlier and is only 4lb higher here. Hopeand posted a better effort at Leicester last time but is still without a win in 26 starts.
Ibn Hiyyan (USA) 11-4 (10-13) Held up, in touch when left 3rd 4 out, went 2nd briefly before 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 6, 29l behind Armedanddangerous (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Hopeand 33-1 (11-0) Led, ridden 3 out, headed next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 6l behind A Little Swifter (11-0) at Leicester 2m Mares Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Dec.
Turf Trivia 11-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd until before 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 10, 22l behind Tutchec (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
No Way Hozay 11-4 (10-0) Tracked leading pair, effort to challenge when not fluent 3 out, led approaching last, driven clear flat, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Doberdan (10-11) by 11l, 4 ran.