SWISS ART is probably the only one of these totally effective on soft ground and, despite some moderate recent form, is probably capable of giving weight to this bunch if his jumping holds up. Peaks Of Fire won on heavy going at Sedgefield earlier in the year but has shown little since. Finch Flyer is still a maiden over fences and has gone up 4lb since his second at Ludlow but Mad Professor is back on a fair mark, though lacks a recent run.
Swiss Art (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Moscow Me (11-3) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Oct.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, mistake 1st, tracked leaders 2nd, led briefly before 3rd, reminders before 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 20l behind Sendiym (10-10) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Hopeand 66-1 (11-4) Joined leader and mistake 2nd, led 4th until after next, chased winner until approaching 3 out, weakened before next, left poor 5th last, 5th of 16, 28l behind Centasia (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) sft.
The Absent Mare 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, not fluent 1st or 4th, outpaced 9th, well beaten before 4 out, 6th of 10, 38l behind Drumlang (11-7) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Mid-division, mistake 7th, headway 11th, challenged 13th, soon led, headed 4 out, stayed pressing winner until held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Mr Bachster (9-13) at Ludlow 2m 4f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Mad Professor (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden briefly after 1st, lost place 8th, well beaten 4 out, 6th of 9, 33l behind Cap Elorn (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.