Ackertac had drawn a blank over fences before landing this last year for the Twiston-Davies team. But today's representative, DOUBLE ROSS, has already won one of his four starts in chases when successful at Perth in September. Dropped 4lb after a recent fourth at Chepstow, he gets the nod. Simply Wings looks a threat off his current mark on his comeback third at Stratford but last month's Kempton winner Gallox Bridge has done most of his winning over shorter trips. Both of Greywell Boy's chase wins came over 2m and Niceonefrankie still looks in need of some respite from the handicapper.
Simply Wings (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5th, led 3 out, headed last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Mart Lane (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct.
Double Ross (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Slight lead but pressed, stumbled and headed 5 out, one pace and welll held when lost 2nd last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Balder Succes (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov chs (2) gd in Oct.
Gallox Bridge 15-8fav (11-6) Held up off the pace in 3rd, went 2nd 6th, led 4 out until 3 out, chased leader, looked held in just over 2 lengths 2nd 2 out, closed on idling leader approaching last, led flat, ridden out, won at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct beating Able Deputy (10-13) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Niceonefrankie 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, under pressure 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 14l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-9) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Greywell Boy 7-1 (10-7) Mistake 2nd, held up towards rear, headway when stumbled 6th, chased leaders 9th, pushed along and went 3rd before 2 out, stumbed 2 out and dropped to 4th, plugged on to regain well held 3rd close home, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Drumshambo (11-4) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs.
Donnas Palm (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out to before next, soon beaten, lost moderate 3rd last, 4th of 6, 21l behind Strumble Head (10-2) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Al Alfa 6-5fav (10-9) Led, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd from last, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Ikorodu Road (11-5) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.