Proud Times scored over fences at Catterick last time but a further rise in the weights means he's now 15lb higher than when winning over hurdles at Uttoxeter in November. He should still be thereabouts, but a chance is taken on QUITE BY CHANCE, as Colin Tizzard's charge has been dropped 7lb after a couple of outings in better company than this. The Game Is A Foot needs a bit more off his current mark having won at Plumpton in November and a similar comment applies to Just Cloudy, raised 12lb for his earlier win at Newton Abbot. Clonusker has also taken a hike in the weights after landing a lowly handicap at Plumpton last month.
Quite By Chance 12-1 (10-13) In touch in 5th, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 15, 29l behind Quick Decisson (10-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Proud Times (USA) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, led 2 out, pressed from last, all out, won at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Hotgrove Boy (10-0) by 3l, 5 ran.
The Game Is A Foot (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 7l behind Dungeness (10-13) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Kaki Island (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Led from 1st, not fluent 3rd and 4th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 22l behind Dubawi Island (11-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Just Cloudy 9-4fav (11-8) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 8th, lost 2nd before next, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 6, 29l behind Hopatina (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Goochypoochyprader 8-1 (10-11) Led until not fluent 5th, evey chance after 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 8, 31l behind Kayf Moss (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Clonusker (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, mistake and went 2nd after 4th, led 3 out, went left 2 out, clear between last 2, kept on strongly, won at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Goochypoochyprader (11-11) by 11l, 13 ran.
Dude Alert (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, not fluent 3rd, ridden and lost place 4th, well beaten 3 out, 8th of 12, 31l behind Dungeness (10-13) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.