SWING HARD won nicely over course and distance three weeks ago. Sue Smith's charge can confirm superiority with previous winner Badger Foot and follow up. Billy Cuckoo won on faster ground at Southwell on his latest start but is upped a grade for this, while Zaru has been raised 9lb for his recent win over 2m1f at this track. Galway Jack remains out of sorts and is still 10lb higher than when last winning, but Watts Up Woody can get involved off his current mark if on one of his going days.
Galway Jack (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led, hit 2nd and 6th, headed before 4 out, mistake 3 out, mistake and weakened 2 out, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 11, 23l behind Off The Ground (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Zaru (FR) 11-2 (11-11) Made all, clear before last, kept on well, won at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Shadrack (11-12) by 8l, 8 ran.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) With winner, every chance 4 out, one pace, 4th of 8, 9l behind Tutchec (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Cajoled to lead, not fluent 3rd or 11th, headed approaching 3 out, led again 2 out, idled and soon driven, edged left flat, held on, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Father Shine (11-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Swing Hard (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Mid-division in touch, tracked leaders 8th, led 4 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths clear 2 out, stayed on well flat, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov beating Palos Conti (11-5) by 5l, 8 ran.
Badger Foot (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Mid-division in touch, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 17l behind Swing Hard (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.