Lough Coi should strip fitter for a recent run at Chepstow but Hollins has never taken to fences and Ring Bo Ree, Mallusk and Camden George would need a return to something approaching their best form to get back to winning ways. MARIE DES ANGES won at Market Rasen, Wetherby and Newbury last season before falling in Listed company at Cheltenham in April. She should continue to win races at this level and can make a winning reappearance on ground that will suit. Forest Walker was a useful pointer and has won under Rules at Ludlow but the handicapper has taken no chances with him here.
Forest Walker (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Held up towards rear on outside, hit 2nd, mistake and hampered 4th, headway from 12th, mistake 16th, closed 4 out, slithered on landing 3 out, soon beaten, 7th of 17, 23l behind Harbour Court (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hts chs (4) gd in May.
Marie Des Anges (FR) 4-1 (10-4) Held up, took keen hold, in touch when mistake and lost ground on leaders 12th, closed and 5 lengths off pace when fell 3 out, in a race won by Tara Rose (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Apr, 7 ran.
Ring Bo Ree (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway after 10th, ridden and no impression before 4 out, went modest 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 35l behind Mister Grez (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Mallusk (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division on outside, lost place after 4 out, soon behind, 8th of 12, 22l behind Flicka Williams (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Camden George (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) With leaders, pushed along and weakened from 11th, 9th of 13, well behind Etxalar (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Lough Coi (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Held up in last pair, last and struggling 7th, soon lost touch, rallied to poor 4th flat, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Get It On (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Hollins 25-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened 6 out, 9th of 14, 25l behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.