This looks wide-open and a market check is advised. King Massini just failed to score off his new mark at Ludlow nine days ago while Ballymoat is improving and unexposed. At the other end of the handicap, Doncaster third Marley Roca has claims while Richmond was only beaten a length at Wincanton after winning at Lingfield. Gordon Elliott's Hit The Headlines and Al Alfa are others to note but Atlanta Falcon needs some help from the handicapper. FRIENDLY SOCIETY was a fair third at Plumpton on his first start for Noel Williams. He could be well treated in this on his form in Ireland and Thomas Garner is a good jockey booking. The eight-year-old gets a tentative vote as the normally consistent Have You Seen Me ran a shocker here last month.
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 28-1 (11-9) Mid-division, hit 3rd, headway 6th, lost place before 9th, not fluent and weakened 11th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Off The Ground (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Marley Roca (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 11th, not fluent 4 out, went 3rd flat, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 11, 21l behind Off The Ground (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Led to 3rd, led again next, headed 5th, in touch, blundered 4 out, ridden and lost place next, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 16th of 17, well behind Anay Turge (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Owen Glendower (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Held up in last pair, mistake 8th and next, struggling 13th, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 45l behind Standing Ovation (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Richmond (FR) 8-13fav (12-5) Tracked leader, hit 3rd, led 13th, blundered badly when pressed 2 out, soon headed, left in lead last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Highbury High (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Led until approaching 5 out, under pressure after next, stayed on approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Coverholder (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Donnas Palm (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 5th and driven when fell 3 out, in a race won by Niceonefrankie (11-7) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Max Bygraves 14-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 11th, mistake and weakened from 5 out, 5th of 13, 30l behind Qianshan Leader (10-2) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec '11.
Overclear 28-1 (11-0) Prominent on outside, mistake 5th, lost place after 7th, well behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mart Lane (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct, 9 ran.
Hit The Headlines (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in moderate 4th, ridden 3 out, kept on one paced in moderate 4th from 2 out, 4th of 11, 27l behind Ballycasey (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs in Nov.
Vif Argent (FR) 11-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, jumped slowly and gradually lost place, towards rear when blundered 5th, tailed off when pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Oscar Hill (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
Diamond Frontier (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 6th, headed after 8th, weakened before 5 out, 4th of 5, 20l behind Quito Du Tresor (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Al Alfa 6-1 (10-11) Led, blundered and headed 4th, tracked leader, disputed lead 7th, lost place 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Niceonefrankie (11-7) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Friendly Society (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, close up 4 out, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 2nd entering straight, challenged 2 out, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gf in Oct.
King Massini (IRE) 6-4fav (11-9) Led, joined 13th, headed narrowly 3 out, ridden and rallied to regain narrow lead flat, kept on, headed final stride, 2nd of 9, hd behind Bobcatbilly (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Ballymoat 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, chased winner before 3 out, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Cloudy Joker (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Entertain Me 20-1 (11-5) Held up, headway 8th, ridden after 3 out, one pace last, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Social Realism (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jun.