Bobbie Magern looked promising early last year but went backwards and showed nothing on his chasing debut here last month. Carrickmines has won six times over fences but never in 18 starts over timber which is why he's on a 24lb lower mark and is no forlorn hope. COOL STEEL showed absolutely nothing before making his handicap debut at Southwell where he improved dramatically. He's been raised 4lb for that but looks on a very fair mark and can take this. Water Garden looks a major threat as he was conceding 10lb to Azione when staying on into the runners-up spot over 2m1f at Exeter and this trip looks certain to suit.
Bobbie Magern 9-2fav (11-5) Mistakes, towards rear, reminder after 5th, struggling 8th, weakened and pulled up before 13th, in a race won by That'lldoboy (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 13 ran.
Generous Bob 22-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division to rear, headway 4th, in touch when hit 4 out and next, left modest 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 12, 21l behind Street Entertainer (10-2) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Carrickmines (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Held up in rear, pulled hard, headway after 3rd, led next and soon well clear, not fluent 7th, headed approaching 9th, weakened quickly, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Go Amwell (11-1) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
Cool Steel (IRE) 18-1 (11-8) Raced keenly in mid-division, headway 4 out, chased winner after next, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Lucky Lukey (10-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Caunay 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 9, 20l behind Beside The Fire (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Nov.
Water Garden (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Held up, headway to modest 4th on long run to 3 out, soon 3rd, went 2nd 2 out, kept on under pressure as winner hung left flat, always held, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Azione (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Kavegirl 4-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened 8th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Tribal Dance (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov, 10 ran.
Powerfullbeat 40-1 (10-5) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 12, 27l behind A Nun With A Gun (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Aug '10.
Aaly 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, detatched 5 out, never a factor, 13th of 14, well behind Mister Dillon (10-5) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Exiles Return (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed on long run to 3out, weakened rapidly, tailed off, 12th of 15, 49l behind Knight Pass (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.