Carries Leap, who got the better of Frontier Spirit at Faxenham in October, lost his unbeaten record at Plumpton earlier this month but was far from disgraced and looks a nice chasing prospect. But he may struggle to give 10lb here to MASTER FIDDLE, who would surely have made a winning debut over timber at Ffos Las had he not tried to kick the third-last and second-last hurdles out of the ground. The Alflora gelding will surely have learned his lesson from that and a clear round can see him get off the mark here at the chief expense of Poungach, who shaped with promise when third to Frascati Park over this C&D in November. Captain Kirkton was an easy winner at Lingfield earlier in the month and is preferred to Folkestone scorer No Secrets, while Exeter fourth Fontano is another with plenty of scope in what should be an informative finale.
Carribs Leap (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway 6th, chased leaders next, every chance 3 out, under pressure next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Mister Hyde (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs.
Captain Kirkton (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Close up, headway to 3rd 6th, led before 2 out, well in command between last 2, drew clear flat, easily, won at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Raduis Bleu (11-6) by 17l, 10 ran.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Held up in touch in 4th, not fluent 4 out, chased leading pair approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Jetnova (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
No Secrets (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Led 2nd, ridden and edged left approaching last, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Folkestone 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy beating Yabora (10-12) by 13l, 11 ran.
Airmen's Friend (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Mid- division, well in touch over 6f out, poor 10th as field came into view final 110 yards, tailed off, 10th of 20, 43l behind African Broadway (11-2) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Dec.
Amroth Bay 9-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, lost place after 4 out, weakened next, 12th of 14, 45l behind The Reformer (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Eldred (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch 3rd, lost place after 4 out, weakened quickly before next, 14th of 16, well behind Pride In Battle (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Dec.
Fontano (FR) 7-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway into mid-division 4th, effort to chase leaders 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 4th of 14, 11l behind The Reformer (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Lord Kennedy (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 12f out, led 9f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Mintiverdi (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AWT) (6) std in Dec.
Master Fiddle 6-4fav (11-6) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, led approaching when mistake next, soon headed and under pressure, hit 2 out, rallied last, stayed on well, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Pilgreen (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Poungach (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd flat, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Frascati Park (10-12) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Representingceltic (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Close up, headway to chase leaders when hit 4 out, went 2nd on inside before 2 out, no impression on winner when lost 2nd last, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Time For Spring (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Suburban Bay 12-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, ran on well, readily, won at Warwick 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) sft in Nov '08 beating Calon Crwbin (10-12) by 5l, 18 ran.
Well Refreshed 2-1 (11-4) Led until well over 1f out, no impression on winner over 1f out, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Bens Moor (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Wise Move (IRE) Kalanisi gelding out of Akariyda.
Victoria Rose (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway and in touch 4 out, ridden to chase leader 2 out, 6 lengths 3rd when blundered last, kept on to go 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 9l behind Bianco Fuji (11-4) at Leicester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft.