Larks Lad has more experience over fences than stable companion Storm Survivor, but the latter has more scope for improvement. Mark Twain and George Nympton could also be worth following this winter but Sunday City is probably on the downgrade nowadays while Carleton Place carries a penalty for winning a weak-looking contest at Hereford and that was his first sign of form for well over a year. LUKEYS LUCK makes his debut over fences but is by no means harshly treated and he won both starts at this track over hurdles. Providing his jumping holds up, Jennie Candlish's six-year-old could take all the beating.
Mark Twain (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, joined leader 8th, chased leaders in 3rd when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Hes Our Lad (11-6) at Stratford 2m 1f beg chs (4) gd in Aug, 6 ran.
Larks Lad (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Prominent, 4th and outpaced after 13th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind No Loose Change (11-4) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, struggling 5 out, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Alpine Breeze (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Aug.
George Nympton (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Jumped left, held up behind, outpaced 4 out, never near leaders, 5th of 6, 22l behind Alpha Way (10-9) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Sunday City (JPN) 16-1 (11-10) Chased leaders to 3rd, behind from 5th, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Humbel Ben (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Solway Bay 9-1 (10-9) Always in rear, struggling from 5 out, last of 8, well behind Sotovik (10-10) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jul.
Lukeys Luck 4-1 (11-8) Led, not fluent and headed 2nd, remained prominent, led again approaching 2 out, headed last, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Parc Des Princes (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Aug.
Nosecond Chance (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, ridden after 7th, well beaten 3 out, last of 8, 34l behind Tout Regulier (11-7) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Carleton Place (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating Gentleman Jeff (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.