Ben's Folly has proved a money-spinner over hurdles and races off the same mark as when successful over the smaller obstacles at Ffos Las on Boxing Day. He tackles fences for the first time today but has a chasing pedigree and shouldn't be discounted. Red Rouble has twice finished second over 3m at Ffos Las but probably needs a bit of help from the handicapper and more interesting are Hereford scorer Way Back When and NIGHT ALLIANCE. Richard Newland's six-year-old finished strongly off a fast pace to get off the mark at Cheltenham earlier this month and is fancied to follow up here.
Ben's Folly (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Took keen hold in touch, headway and hit 5th, went 2nd before 2 out, led 2 out, driven out and stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy beating Gilwen Glory (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Present To You (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, bad mistake 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Quincy Des Pictons (10-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 10 ran.
Toby Belch (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, jumped left 4th, lost place 5th, pulled up before 9th (water), in a race won by Quincy Des Pictons (10-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 10 ran.
Charming Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) In touch in bunch, mistake 6th, closed before 3 out, outpaced when mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace to take 3rd flat, demoted to 4th flat, 4th of 9, 9l behind Kasban (10-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Red Rouble (IRE) 11-4fav (10-6) Held up in touch, pushed along before 5 out, soon went 2nd, ridden before 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 16l behind As De Fer (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Double Whammy 40-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, hampered 4th and 10th, some headway when hit 11th, mistake next, 7th when blundered 13th, soon no impression, stayed on flat, 5th of 15, 22l behind Roalco De Farges (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Night Alliance (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Held up behind, close up 9th, pecked 4 out, led narrowly before 2 out, ridden and hard pressed from last, held on towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd beating That'lldoboy (11-9) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Blue Shark (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in rear in touch, went 4th 10th, outpaced approaching 2 out, chased leading pair before last, ridden and kept under pressure flat, just failed for 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Camden George (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Ravenclaw (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, ridden next, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Mauricetheathlete (9-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy, 18 ran.
Gotoyourplay (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, kept on approaching next, left beaten 4th last, ridden and stayed on to press for 3rd flat, no chance with leading pair, 4th of 16, 15l behind Valid Reason (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Way Back When 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th until approaching 9th, went 2nd again 10th, led 2 out, about 2 lengths ahead and ridden when hit last, driven and stayed on flat, won at Hereford 2m 5f mares hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov beating Daneva (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Ring Bo Ree (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Held up, headway 5th, hit 11th and 13th, ridden 4 out, no impression on leaders after hitting 2 out, no extra, 6th of 15, 25l behind Roalco De Farges (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Numbercruncher (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 10, 20l behind Ebanour (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd.