Ballinvarrig got off the mark at Exeter last month and should be a factor here. Benefit Cut, Pearls Legend and Fair Bramble have all been knocking on the door with the latter particularly interesting as she was racing from a long way out of the handicap when only beaten a length-and-a-half at Exeter. Bobcatbilly won at Ludlow and Haydock last month and could be improving but Cloudy Bob has a lot to prove over fences and has been rated on his hurdles form. KINGCORA makes a swift reappearance after an improved second at Exeter. He did finish behind Bobcatbilly at Ludlow but enjoys a 9lb turnaround in the weights and could reverse that running today.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not much room and switched left after 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Foxcub (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Ballinvarrig (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2 out until the last, rallied under pressure flat to lead final 50 yards, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec beating Ray Diamond (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Benefit Cut (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Led and soon clear, reduced lead before 2 out, driven between last 2, edged left and headed beore mistake last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Capellanus (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Pearls Legend 9-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5 out, ridden before next, 3 lengths down when blundered and lost any chance 3 out, no chance in clear 2nd before next, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Last Shot (11-9) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 6-4fav (10-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 7th, went 2nd 4 out, challenged 2 out, led last, edged left, driven out, won at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec beating Supreme Asset (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Dont Do Mondays (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Prominent, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, 43l behind Kambis (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Kingcora (FR) 3-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division on inner, headway 4 out, went 2nd before last, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Fair Bramble 10-1 (10-5) Jumped right, took keen hold tracking winner until 2 out, ridden and rallied to 2nd again last, kept on flat, always held, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Midnight Lira (10-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mares nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.