Massini Sunset made all in the testing conditions at Lingfield a fortnight ago. He's been raised 8lb for that success but has won off a higher mark and another bold bid is expected. However, 2m4f on soft ground seems to be the optimum conditions for MANMOON and he gets the vote. Nigel Hawke's chaser won over C&D recently and is taken to confirm the form with both The Hardy Boy and Sumdancer. Investment affair got no further than the first fence at Huntingdon last time but is on a handy mark if getting his jumping together.
Massini Sunset (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Jumped well, made all, stayed on well and came clear flat, won at Lingfield 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy beating Quilver Tatou (11-9) by 8l, 4 ran.
Mister Watzisname (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 9th (water), mistake 12th, lost touch next, no danger after, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Three Chords (11-10) at Leicester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Held up behind, outpaced after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Cadoudalas (11-8) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Kasimali (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Behind in 5th, struggling 8th, went modest 3rd after 4 out until soon after next, one pace, 4th of 6, 10l behind Babe Heffron (11-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Manmoon (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led 3rd, headed approaching 5th, led again 8th, strongly challenged when left in command 4 out, hard ridden 2 out, kept on well under pressure, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs beating Romney Marsh (10-6) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Sumdancer (NZ) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, stumbled and well recovered after 6th, weakened before 10th, 4th of 8, 44l behind Manmoon (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Master d'Or (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Soon well in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 7th, in a race won by The Disengager (10-6) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 16 ran.
Investment Affair (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Fell 1st, in a race won by Silver Dollars (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft, 5 ran.
The Hardy Boy 8-1 (11-3) Led until 3rd, remained prominent, led approaching 5th, headed 8th, weakened before 3 out, 3rd of 8, 24l behind Manmoon (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.