Mister Wiseman was second over a slightly shorter trip at Fontwell last month but still beaten nine lengths and never seems to run two races alike. We'll take him on with course specialist BALLYMAN, who was placed three times over track and trip off today's mark earlier in the year and usually goes well fresh. Croco Mister was runner-up to Midnight Charmer at Uttoxeter last time but is still a maiden and the remaining trio are even harder to fancy.
Mister Wiseman 13-2 (10-8) With winner, ridden before 2 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Red Rock (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Oct.
Ballyman (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) With leader, ridden and outpaced 3 out, went 3rd before last, kept to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Doheny Bar (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Bobbits Way 25-1 (10-0) Held up in 5th on outside, not fluent 4th, headway when mistake 8th, mistake 4 out, not fluent and rider lost iron briefly next, soon weakened, last of 6, 50l behind Catch Tammy (11-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Croco Mister (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Disputed 2nd behind clear leader, close up 6th, hit next, led approaching 3 out, ridden and hard pressed next, kept on until headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Midnight Charmer (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Carbis Bay 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, struggling 7th, tailed off 4 out, left remote 4th 2 out, 4th of 7, well behind Le Bacardy (11-0) at Kempton 2m beg chase (4) gd in May.
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 40-1 (9-11) Mid-division on outer, weakened before 11th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Von Galen (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 11 ran.