PRINCE OF DREAMS should be spot on now after a couple of starts over fences, including a third at Ludlow last time. He may well be good enough to land this ahead of Sandynow as the latter is not certain to appreciate the drop back in distance after a third over 3m at Uttoxeter. Pampelonne has claims on last month's third at Bangor while Fulgora and Special Robon are others to note on their chasing debuts along with French import To Live.
Bobby Dove 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division, struggling after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Tresor De Bontee (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov, 17 ran.
Greywell Boy 5-1 (11-3) Mid-division, mistake 1st, hit 8th, 7th 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 15, 48l behind Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place before 7th, soon tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Duke Of Monmouth (10-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Hoare Abbey (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Led, mistake 5th, headed approaching 7th, weakened before next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Sohappyharry (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
It Is What It Is (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Chased leader, lost place before 5 out, 13th of 15, well behind Swing Bowler (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Prince Of Dreams 11-2 (11-9) Held up in last pair, not much room 2nd, headway 7th, not fluent 9th, ridden before 4 out, went 3rd when not fluent next, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Drumshambo (11-10) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Sandynow (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway and in touch when blundered 6th, driven to chase leaders 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Ballyfoy (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in May.
To Live (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 4 out, weakened quickly after next, modest 4th, 4th of 6, well behind Easter Day (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Refusal 66-1 (10-7) Tracked winner until 4th, outpaced by leading pair from 4 out, left remote 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Elenika (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) sft in Nov.
Special Robon (FR) 9-4fav (11-8) Held up, weakened quickly after 5th, last of 9, well behind General Ting (11-5) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Nov.
Faha (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, hampered 1st and 6th, well beaten 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Sire De Grugy (11-2) at Kempton 2m beg chs (4) gd in Oct.
Pampelonne (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) Tended to jump left, tracked leading pair, outpaced when not fluent 4 out, rallied between last 2, stayed on to press for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Entertain Me (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f Mares Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Nov.
Fulgora 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders and keen, went poor 3rd before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 27l behind Queens Grove (10-4) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.