There were high hopes for Wymott last season but he proved a big disappointment after starting off with a sixth in the Hennessy at Newbury. He may do better this term but out-and-out stayer Poker De Sivola is best watched returning from injury and Nodforms Violet is upped in grade after wins at Cartmel and Perth this summer. Lackamon was in good form around this time last year and rediscovered his best in the spring. He was second off this mark at Ayr in April and can't be ruled out but the bottom three are all carrying more than their allotted weight, though Isla Pearl Fisher usually goes well here. BENNY BE GOOD didn't have much luck last season but faced some very stiff tasks. The handicapper has relented a little over the summer and Keith Reveley's gelding is fancied to make a successful reappearance in this grade.
Benny Be Good 25-1 (11-3) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Merigo (10-2) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Wymott (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, led 9th, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 47l behind Calgary Bay (11-11) at Doncaster 3m Listed Handicap Chase (0-155) (5yo+) (1) gs in Jan.
Poker De Sivola (FR) 11-1 (10-12) Held up well in rear, headway from 4 out, still only 7th and plenty to do 3 out, chased leaders last, stayed on well flat to lead final 110 yards, won going away, won at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gf in Apr '11 beating Faasel (10-7) by 2 1/4l, 18 ran.
Lackamon 11-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd at 13th, led before and mistake 4 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Problema Tic (11-11) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr.
Nodforms Violet (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 14th, led last, ran on, won at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep beating Sun Tzu (11-7) by 6l, 8 ran.
Lockstown 14-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, mistake and reminders 10th, soon weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Vamizi (11-1) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Isla Pearl Fisher 11-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 6 out, went 3rd before 3 out, led final 100 yards, stayed on strongly, ridden out, won at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in May beating Mortimers Cross (11-10) by 4l, 11 ran.
Allanard (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, in rear from 3rd, 4th of 8, 31l behind Lamboro Lad (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.