Winning point-to-pointer and hurdler Dawn Commander has always looked a nice chasing prospect but his two attempts over fences to date have been poor. He warmed up in a jumpers bumper last week and can surely do better than he's shown to date. Blenheim Brook hasn't quite gone as well as expected after his early successes though there's still plenty of time while Posh Bird and Isla Pearl Fisher are quite closely matched and perfectly capable of getting into the mix though both may be a few pounds high. BALDING BANKER scored over timber for Paul Nicholls and has joined Ferdy Murphy. He's done reasonably well over trips too short in his two starts for the yard and with this likely to bring out the best in him he's given the nod to lose his maiden tag over fences.
Blenheim Brook (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 3 out, effort next, ridden to chase winner when left in clear 2nd last, no impression flat, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Knockara Beau (11-8) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Tyrone House (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led, jumped right and not fluent 7th, stuttered into 8th and headed, jumped right 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 21l behind Buck Mulligan (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Peachey Moment (USA) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 3rd, led 13th, ridden and headed 2 out, soon readily held, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Rob Conti (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Dawn Commander (GER) 2-1fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Storming Gale (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) In touch, effort 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 33l behind Wyck Hill (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Categorical 25-1 (10-13) Always rear-division, never involved, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Swing Bill (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Posh Bird (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along 12th, outpaced 6 out, headway 2 out, stayed on well run-in, nearest at finish, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (11-0) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in May.
Fortysecond Street (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) In rear, outpaced 10th, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Sarando (11-7) at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) gs in Nov '11, 6 ran.
Balding Banker (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Held up, steady headway after 8th, chased leaders approaching 4 out, weakening when mistake next, left modest 3rd 2 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Locked Inthepocket (10-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 28-1 (11-9) Towards rear, weakened from 13th, 6th of 7, well behind Ballybough Gorta (11-2) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Isla Pearl Fisher 16-1 (10-0) Held up in rear when fell 3rd, in a race won by Benny Be Good (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, headed 6th, chased leader until not fluent 10th, soon ridden, plugged on from 3 out, tailed off, 3rd of 4, 46l behind Mister Hyde (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Solway Bay 25-1 (10-5) In rear, outpaced before 3 out, kepton from before last, 5th of 9, 9l behind Monetary Fund (11-8) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Etxalar (FR) 33-1 (10-2) Close up, led 10th, headed after 13th, weakened before last, 6th of 15, 13l behind Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.