Changing Lanes took advantage of a drop in class to open his seasonal account at Ludlow in October and is only 5lb higher here. But he lacks the scope of DUSHY VALLEY, who beat Beware Chalk Pit by nine lengths over C&D last month and followed up against Laughing Game and Ballinhassig with the minimum of fuss. He still looks to be several steps ahead of the handicapper and a hat-trick beckons. Pretty Penny should strip fitter for her fourth at Wincanton and has winning form here. She may be the danger despite being a couple of pounds out of the handicap.
Changing Lanes 4-1fav (11-5) Led, not fluent 2nd (water), headed when not fluent 6th, led before 7th until 12th, led 13th, headed 15th, led again before 4 out, stayed on gamely, won at Ludlow 3m am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Oct beating Doubletoilntrouble (11-2) by 4l, 11 ran.
Beware Chalk Pit (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 10th, not fluent 13th, ridden and no impression on winner 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Dushy Valley (9-13) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Dushy Valley (IRE) 15-8fav (9-11) Led to 2nd, with leader, led again 8th, clear fromo 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov beating Laughing Game (9-9) by 8l, 4 ran.
Quartz Du Montceau (FR) 20-1 (11-1) Led narrowly 2nd, headed approaching 9th, lost 2nd next, lost place before 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Brunette'sonly (11-4) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Ballinhassig (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) With leader, led 2nd, headed 8th, tracked winner, lost place 12th, tailed off next, 3rd of 4, well behind Dushy Valley (9-11) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Laughing Game 9-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, not jump well, headway 11th to chase winner, blundered bbadly 4 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Dushy Valley (9-11) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Pretty Penny 10-3 (10-6) Held up behind, blundered 3rd, headway before 16th, went poor 4th before 5 out, no impression, 4th of 9, 31l behind Desperate Dex (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Kaycee (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, hit 7th, headway 12th, went 3rd before 5 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Dushy Valley (9-13) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.