Conditions will make this a real slog but Monkerty Tunkerty has the right credentials to cope having carried a similar weight into the frame in the Sussex National at Plumpton earlier this month. Heavy ground holds no fears for RED ROCCO, who was second off today's mark over further at Haydock on his reappearance and out of the handicap when pulled up in the Welsh National next time. He can get back on track by landing this ahead of Flying Award, another durable stayer who may have needed the run at Fontwell on his reappearance. Yellow Ball and Whispering Jack have a bit to prove at present while this may be too competitive for Musical Wedge and Samstown but Cnoc Seoda may have each-way claims.
Monkerty Tunkerty 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 3 out, headed before last, plugged on, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Reblis (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy.
Red Rocco (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) In touch, not fluent 11th, lost place before 14th, tailed off 16th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Mountainous (10-0) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec, 20 ran.
Flying Award (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, well behind Boyfromnowhere (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Yellow Ball (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Raced wide and held up, pushed along after 7th, dropped in rear before 10th, tailed off and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Mart Lane (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec, 9 ran.
Cnoc Seoda (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Held up in last trio, headway approaching 10th, pushed along 4 out, driven and no impression when hung right before 2 out, stayed on to 3rd flat, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Ma Filleule (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Musical Wedge 9-2 (11-5) Prominent, joined leader 14th, mistake 16th, ridden to chase winner 2 out, weakened next, 2nd of 6, 25l behind Merlin's Wish (11-9) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Whispering Jack 25-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, outpaced when not fluent 5 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 50l behind Renard (11-10) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Samstown 8-1 (10-4) Behind, slow 6th, headway 5 out, chased leaders after next, never able to challenge, modest 4th, 4th of 12, 18l behind Night Alliance (11-0) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Nodebateaboutit 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, lost place 2nd, closed after 6th, every chance 4 out, 4th and no impression from 2 out, 4th of 9, 9l behind Moscow Presents (11-9) at Haydock 3m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Dec.