DENALI HIGHWAY beat Full Ov Beans seven lengths over track and trip in December. That was only his second start over fences and Caroline Bailey's charge is taken to confirm his superiority despite a 10lb rise. Sawpit Supreme is much more exposed and still looks too high in the weights judged on his recent placed efforts but Persian Herald ran well enough on his chasing bow at Fakenham and Star Galaxy is not without a chance off his current mark on his return to action.
Denali Highway (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Made virtually all, clear from 2 out, easily, (no time taken), won at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec beating Full Ov Beans (10-2) by 7l, 7 ran.
Another Trump (NZ) 16-1 (11-1) In rear, ridden briefly after 1st, headway 4th, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 34l behind Arthur's Pass (11-10) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Star Galaxy (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Held up, took keen hold, headway 3rd, outpaced 11th, 3rd and weakening when tried to refuse and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Buffalo Bob (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Morgan's Bay 22-1 (10-13) Went right 1st, in rear, blundered 8th, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Arbeo (10-10) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Persian Herald 9-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place 7th, rallied 2 out, every chance last, no extra flat, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Groomed (10-7) at Fakenham 2m mdn chs (5) sft in Jan.
Sawpit Supreme 7-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 6th, ridden after 2 out, no impression last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Arthur's Pass (11-10) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Full Ov Beans 20-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 18l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.