That's The Deal did well to master Soudain here last month and the runner-up went on to frank the form at Sedgefield. He's gone up 5lb but has now won twice around here and should go well again. Fabulous Fred hasn't really taken to fences but is well handicapped should the penny drop and likewise Miss Kalifa. Xenophon ran his best race for a while at Market Rasen last time but we like the look of FAREWELLATMIDNIGHT on these terms. He's been waiting for the better ground and Mikey Ennis' claim is a bonus. Winning pointer Callhimwhatyouwant may have a bit of scope and also warrants a second look.
That's The Deal (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Tracked leading pair, led after 3 out, pushed along and in command before hit last, kept on flat, won at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar beating Soudain (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Fabulous Fred (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Mid-division on outside, mistake 2nd, tailed off when mistake 12th, 10th of 14, well behind Twirling Magnet (11-3) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Miss Kalifa (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 8th, ridden after next, modest 6th 4 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 30l behind Balinroab (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Led, headed between 3 out and 2 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 4, 11l behind Upton Mead (9-10) at Plumpton 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Farewellatmidnight 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden over 5f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, well behind Captain Kelly (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Xenophon 33-1 (10-4) Jumped slow first, in touch in rear, ridden 9th, headway 3 out, challenged last, soon every chance, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Ohms Law (9-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Himayna 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, bumped 1st, last when mistake 5th, outpaced approaching 7th, tried to close 10th, weakened before 4 out, left remote 3rd after 3 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Be My Deputy (12-2) at Leicester 2m 4f Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.