The likely soft ground is not ideal for Briery Fox on his return to action and the same comment applies to Fit To Drive, who won on a faster surface at Sandown last time. Promising Anshan was pulled up on his only outing in soft ground but Cornish Sett will handle the going and showed signs of a revival when runner-up at Newbury last time. TRIGGERMAN won over 3m1f at Folkestone before coming a cropper at Taunton recently when still in with a chance. If fully recovered from that mishap, he looks capable of taking this.
Triggerman 5-1 (11-5) Chased leaders until lost place and in rear when hit 9th, rallied and staying on in close 3rd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Shakalakaboomboom (11-1) at Taunton 2m 7f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs, 7 ran.
Briery Fox (IRE) 11-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway from 4 out, went 2nd and hit 2 out, led approaching last, headed last 50 yards, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Victor Daly (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Far More Serious (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Nicto De Beauchene (10-7) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft, 13 ran.
Fit To Drive 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, ridden to lead approaching last, soon clear, won at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov beating Sarahs Gift (10-12) by 10l, 10 ran.
Theatre Dance (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Mid-division, outpaced 11th, kept on same pace under pressure from 2 out, never near leaders, 5th of 15, 23l behind Only Vintage (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Cornish Sett (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place approaching 12th, rallied 3 out, hampered next, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind West End Rocker (11-11) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Dec.
Promising Anshan (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) With leader, 7th and pushed along before 4 out, stayed on flat, went well held 4th last strides, 4th of 15, 9l behind Misstree Dancer (11-3) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Darstardly Dick (IRE) 40-1 (10-1) Always in rear, ridden and struggling after 5th, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Dynaste (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
Peut Etre Sivola (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 13th, chased leaders 4 out, weakened after next, 3rd of 14, 20l behind Minella Boys (11-4) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place after 11th, no danger and towards rear after, 7th of 12, 15l behind Rustarix (9-13) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gd in Nov.
Omix D'or (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Chased leading pair, mistake 8th, chased winner 10th, ridden along before 11th, no chance from 13th, tailed off, 2nd of 9, 18l behind Sona Sasta (11-0) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Flying Squad (UAE) 11-8fav (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 9th, headway 12th, undewr pressure 3 out, soon no impression, 3rd of 5, 22l behind Ray Mond (11-6) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) hvy.
Skipper's Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Behind when hampered 1st, under pressure 10th, soon beaten, 10th of 12, well behind Rey Nacarado (11-6) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.