It was soft ground at Wetherby when SHOULDAVBOUGHTGOLD narrowly missed out on opening his account over fences. He was beaten a head by Clondaw Flicka and can go one better in this. Off The Wall made a promising start over fences when third at Ffos Las in testing going and should be in the mix, but What A Good Night has failed to complete in a couple of subsequent starts since landing his chasing bow at Stratford. High Ron's earlier second at Uttoxeter came on fast ground and Old Way is hard to fancy.
Off The Wall (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up behind in touch, tracked leaders 12th, challenged 3 out (usual 4 out), 3 lengths down in 2nd and one pace 2 out, lost place last, no extra, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Cruising Bye (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Shouldavboughtgold (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden to lead last, headed final stride, 2nd of 11, hd behind Clondaw Flicka (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
High Ron 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, reminder 10th, blundered next, weakened 3 out, 6th of 10, well behind Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
What A Good Night (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders to 5th, mid-division, driven and behind after 10th, tailed off when mistake and unseated rider 13th, in a race won by Dark Glacier (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Old Way (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Led, headed approaching 7th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 44l behind Tigresse Bleue (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.