Plum Pudding appears to have lost his chance of ending his losing run as he's gone up in the weights again since seconds at Huntingdon and at Fakenham. Dark Glacier only found one too good at Leicester last time but is hardly consistent while What A Good Night fell at Ludlow on his latest start, though was alongside a subsequent winner at the time. BENNYS WELL has a second and a win to his name over this course and distance and was clear of the third when chasing home the well-treated Quayside Court at Southwell at the start of the month. He's 2lb higher here but Jonathan England takes off 5lb and Sue Smith's seven-year-old looks the one to beat as Rocky Bender may need more time.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) In touch, weakened 5 out, 6th of 15, 21l behind Sir Frank (11-11) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
What A Good Night (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway 11th, close up before 5 out, upsides winner when fell 4 out, in a race won by King Massini (11-9) at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) With leader, led 4th, headed 12th, led again next, headed 2 out, held flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Ifyousayso (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Noble Witness (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leader, led narrowly 3rd, headed approaching 4 out, pushed along and lost 2nd well before next, outpaced in 4th when awkward on home turn, 4th of 5, 20l behind Nodform Richard (11-11) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Plum Pudding (FR) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders until lost place and dropped to rear before 5th, rallied 10th, went 3rd 12th, pushed along and outpaced approaching 3 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Bincombe (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Bally Sands (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leader until 4th, in touch, jumped slowly 5th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Soudain (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 12th, behind from next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Black Is Beautiful (FR) 9-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 7, 23l behind Herdsman (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Kilcascan 8-1 (11-8) In rear, badly hampered and behind 2nd, closed after 6th, lost touch after 8th, 6th of 10, 31l behind Quayside Court (9-10) at Towcester 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov.
Bennys Well (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent, ridden after 11th, outpaced 15th, stayed on to take 2nd approaching last, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Quayside Court (9-11) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Behind when fell 1st, in a race won by Waltzing Tornado (11-13) at Towcester 2m 6f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 7 ran.