Basford Ben finally got off the mark over course and distance earlier this month, beating Shouldavboughtgold by two lengths despite some sketchy jumping with Lord Fox fourth and Whiskey Ridge pulled up. There shouldn't be much between the first two on today's revised terms, however. Mr Supreme and Brandon Thomas will both have benefited from comeback runs and have the ability to figure but CLONDAW FLICKA has taken well to fences and impressed when stepped up to 3m at Doncaster. He can defy a 6lb rise in the weights.
Clondaw Flicka (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Pressed leader, led 6th until hit 11th, led next, blundered and headed last, gathered up quickly and led again final 100 yards, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating Tickatack (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Mr Supreme (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) In rear, went 4th after 5 out, left remote 3rd from 2 out, 3rd of 6, 28l behind Settledoutofcourt (10-11) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Royal Sam (IRE) 22-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway 12th, pecked 15th, soon lost place, in rear when mistake 17th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Royale Knight (10-3) at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs, 9 ran.
Shouldavboughtgold (IRE) 17-2 (10-13) In touch in 4th, ridden and outpaced before 4 out, left 4th
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, reminders and lost place 8 out, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Basford Ben (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs, 7 ran.
Basford Ben 9-2 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, went 3rd before 4 out, 2nd before 2 out, led last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs beating Shouldavboughtgold (10-13) by 2l, 7 ran.
Brandon Thomas (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, soon tracked leaders, chased clear pair from 4 out until left 2nd 2 out, soon lost 2nd, one pace, 3rd of 7, 31l behind Milosam (9-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Balinderry (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) In touch, weakened 9th, soon beaten, 5th of 8, 12l behind Faith Keeper (10-7) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Dukeofchesterwood 7-2 (11-1) Prominent early, tracked leaders, hit 7th, ridden and stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Great Ocean Road (9-9) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Cottiers Den (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Towards rear and pushed along, soon reminders, never dangerous, pulled up halfway, in a race won by Esme Rides A Gaine (9-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 14 ran.
Lord Fox (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, went 2nd from 4th, joined leader when mistake 5th, every chance 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 10l behind Basford Ben (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.