Few of these have chasing experience and BINCOMBE, who won at Wincanton last month, and Red Rock, successful at Fontwell in October, look closely matched on the form book. But Philip Hobbs' charge surely has more scope than the latter and, having possibly seen a little too much daylight at Exeter last month, can get back on track here. Crystal Swing should enjoy conditions and may be the pick of the chasing debutants ahead of Supreme Bob. Evan Williams runs both Still Believing and Buywise but the pair may need more time.
Supreme Bob (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along before 6th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 14, 17l behind Swinging Hawk (10-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Still Believing (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, lost place 12th, behind when pulled up before 3 out (usual 4 out), in a race won by Cruising Bye (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Crystal Swing 9-1 (11-12) Held up in last, ridden after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd before next, no impression, one pace, 3rd of 10, 17l behind My Oh Mount Brown (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Bincombe 6-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th, led narrowly next until approaching 4 out, chased leader until 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 8l behind Ballinvarrig (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Marju King (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up, headway 3 out, soon ridden and kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Mrs Peachey (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Red Rock (FR) Evensfav (11-9) Led, hit 3rd, not fluent 8th, pressed last, ridden and headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Strawberry Hill (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Buywise (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Towards rear, chased leaders under pressure before 2 out (usual 3 out), soon weakened, 8th of 14, 33l behind It's A Doddle (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Dropzone (USA) 16-1 (11-8) Mid division, behind from halfway, 9th of 12, well behind He's A Hawker (11-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Take The Mick 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced before 3 out, soon behind, stayed on to take moderate 4th near finish, 4th of 7, 17l behind Portway Flyer (11-13) at Ludlow 2m 5f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Dec.
Carhue Princess (IRE) 7-2fav (10-13) Prominent, not fluent 6th, led next, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 12, 19l behind Mini Muck (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f (4) gs in Dec.
Flora Lea 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 5th, mistake and weakened 3 out, 7th of 12, 45l behind Proud Times (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.