Billybo has continued to rise in the weights despite not having won since last December. Lamb's Cross also looks high enough in the handicap on his first start for a new yard judged on his form in Ireland while Direct Flo's experience of fences has been in hunter chases, though she did score over hurdles at Worcester in July. BOBBY LOVE gets a tentative vote as this looks easier than the chase he won at Huntingdon early in the year and a recent run at the same track will have brought him on.
Lamb's Cross 11-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 4 out, ridden and no impression leader before 2 out, no extra before last, 5th of 12, 13l behind Molinero (10-4) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 gd in Oct.
Direct Flo (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, disputing 3rd briefly before next where mistake, weakening when mistake 2 out, 6th of 9, 29l behind Brave Buck (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct.
Billybo 6-4fav (11-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 10th, mistake 13th, lost 2nd after 14th, chased leading pair, went 2nd 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Tom Bach (10-0) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct.
Bobby Dove 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, well behind Gandalfe (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.