Dream Again Boys scored at Lingfield in February but ran poorly when well supported on his reappearance at Wetherby in November. Pension Plan's only success came over the C&D but he's 11lb higher while Tornant is better handicapped over fences though he's been running poorly, a remark that also applies to Regal Approach. STORM ALERT didn't have much to do to score at Exeter but did it well and can go in again despite a 9lb rise as Lucy Gardner's claim negates over half of the extra burden. The four-year-old Annaluna is well enough treated but may find this too tough.
Kusadiki (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st, led after 2nd, headed after next, weakened after 7th, soon behind, pulled up 10th, in a race won by Madame Jasmine (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 11 ran.
Dream Again Boys (IRE) 5-1fav (11-9) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Regal Approach (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders next, weakened before last, 3rd of 12, 22l behind African Gold (11-10) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Pension Plan 10-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, mistake 5th, headway after next, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 14, 36l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy.
Storm Alert 9-4fav (11-3) Held up in 4th, closer order approaching 5th, went 2nd next, led before 2 out, urged along between last 2, went left last, driven and kept on well flat, won at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Ripoff (11-10) by 2l, 5 ran.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Raded wide, chased leaders, behind from 8th, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Tornant (IRE) 10-3fav (11-3) In touch in 5th, mistake 2nd, lost place after 9th, weakened 12th, 5th of 8, 36l behind One More Dinar (11-6) at Ludlow 3m hcp ch 0-95 (5) sft.
Billy Blade 14-1 (11-8) In rear and keen, ridden and headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 10, 14l behind Copper Carroll (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Annaluna (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, went 3rd before 2 out, stayed on same before last, 3rd of 12, 20l behind Queens Grove (11-2) at Hereford 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.