Bringewood Fox is temptingly handicapped on his form over hurdles but winning on his first try over fences following a 583-day absence is no easy task and he's worth taking on with MISS FLEUR. Nick Mitchell does well with staying chasers and this mare looked value for further when winning by five lengths at Lingfield, in the process jumping really nicely and gaining compensation for being brought down previously. Atherstone Hill is another returning from a lengthy absence and tries a visor for the first time, but this lightly-raced type is opposable along with Ukrainian Star, who may just need a sound surface to be seen to his best. As a result Overton Lad looks the one for the forecast having stayed on over course-and-distance last time. He never really looked like winning that day but clearly goes well here and won't be stopping at the finish despite a 2lb rise.
Bringewood Fox 7-1 (11-3) Chased leader after 8th, ridden and weakened next, 7th of 9, well behind Tampa Boy (11-6) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr '09.
Miss Fleur 11-2 (11-7) Led 1st until 3rd, handy, led 13th, clear from 2 out, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft beating Midnight Diamond (10-6) by 5l, 6 ran.
Ukrainian Star (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) In touch, not fluent 4th, left 3rd and slightly hampered 11th, led 13th, headed when blundered 2 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 5th of 10, 45l behind Heezagrey (9-11) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-90 (5) gs in Oct.
Atherstone Hill (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Always in rear, 7th of 12, well behind Peter Pole (11-12) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar '09.
Overton Lad 15-2 (10-1) Soon ridden along to chase leading pair, went 2nd 9th until 15th, stayed in 3rd, rallied and blundered last, went 2nd soon after, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Chico Time (10-7) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd.