Requin has won off a higher mark in the past but hasn't run since April and Dusky Bob is better over further. Chicklemix has won over hurdles on this track but chasing looks to be her game after a convincing victory at Towcester. Ravens Brook ploughed through the Bangor mud for an easy all-the-way success though he was left clear when his nearest rival fell. A 9lb rise looks harsh so FREE WORLD is taken to follow up his surprise victory at Warwick. Once a classy performer for Paul Nicholls, he'd shown nothing before getting the soft conditions he requires last time and hopefully can continue his revival.
Requin (FR) 11-2fav (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, soon chasing leaders, led 12th, headed 4 out, weakened next, 6th of 13, 22l behind Good Order (10-4) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Apr.
Cocacobana (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Held up in touch on outside, headway 11th, effort when not fluent 3 out (usual 4 out), 4th and beaten 2 out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd near finish, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Relax (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, 5th when fell 10th, in a race won by Badger Foot (9-11) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Dusky Bob (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) In touch, lost place 11th, soon ridden, never dangerous, 7th of 11, well behind Nuts N Bolts (11-11) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Chicklemix 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 7th to next, in touch, led again before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Mighty Mobb (11-10) by 4l, 10 ran.
Ravens Brook (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Made most, left clear 4 out, comfortable, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Bringewood Belle (10-0) by 35l, 5 ran.
Free World (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6th, challenged 8th, led next and raced wide, 2 lengths clear last, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec beating Todareistodo (11-6) by 3l, 9 ran.