Trip The Light has gone up 4lb since finishing second at Stratford in October but has decent prospects here. Filbert is lightly raced and can only improve on his fourth at Sandown while Grey Soldier hinted at a revival when second at Wetherby and Switched Off still had a chance when unseating his rider at Musselburgh. El Dancer won at Fakenham two runs ago and is back in the right grade after a tilt at Listed company at Cheltenham, while Sunny Ledgend could figure if fully wound-up. But THE MUMPER gets 14lb from Andrew Martin's charge and is very much on an upward curve judged on his victory at Market Rasen. He can take this with Westlin' Winds likely to struggle upped in class.
El Dancer (GER) 20-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, steady headway 7th, chased leaders 4 out, weakened after next, 8th of 13, 31l behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Sunny Ledgend 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out until mistake and weakened next,, 9th of 13, 25l behind Enfant De Lune (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Grey Soldier (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before last, ran on flat, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Rollwiththepunches 11-1 (10-12) Held up 4th and last, mistake 2nd, lost touch 7th, mistake 9th, soon tailed off, left remote 3rd before last, 3rd of 4, well behind Edge Of Town (10-11) at Hexham 2m 7f Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Dec '11.
Mr Jay Dee (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, weakened before 7th, 10th of 20, well behind Valento (10-11) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 7-4 (11-2) Tracked leader, ridden to disputed lead from 3 out, gained upper hand run in, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f clm hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Xenophon (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Trip The Light 8-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased winner next, ridden and effort approaching last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Harry Hunt (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Filbert (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out until driven along before 2 out, mistake 2 out, no impression and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 17, 21l behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Switched Off 15-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, hit 5th, losing place when hit 8th, headway after 4 out, travelling well in close 3rd approaching 3 out, hanging right and still chance when blundered badly and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Parson's Punch (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov, 10 ran.
The Mumper (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Close up, ridden 2 out, every chance next, led towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Walkabout Creek (10-12) by 1l, 9 ran.
Russian Flag (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Led aft 1-7 & 9-12; led 15 til hdd app 3 out; wknd nxt, 4th of 6, 31l behind Sagalyrique (11-0) at Cambridge University United Hunt 3m ptp gd in Nov.