MUMGOS DEBUT has definitely improved since being sent chasing and though he had no answer to Decent Lord at Newcastle he is handed the vote despite a big weight as this is a very poor contest. Hotgrove Boy has now had 21 starts without winning and connections won't be pleased that he's gone up 3lb for finishing runner-up to Proud Times at Catterick though he should still be capable of winning a race of this nature. Too Cool To Fool won three times over hurdles including twice here and can race from a 19lb lower mark over fences. He jumped well when runner-up here last month but that was over 3m1f and this looks too short. Forestside has yet to win in 19 starts over fences though Barry Murtagh will be hoping the champion jockey can galvanise him but it's hard to make a case out for the remainder even in such lowly grade.
Mumgos Debut (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Led until 7th, pushed along before 4 out, no impression on winner from next, one pace, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Decent Lord (10-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Hotgrove Boy 3-1 (10-0) Led, headed 2 out, every chance before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Proud Times (11-7) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Too Cool To Fool (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Mid-division, joined leader 11th, led before 12th, headed before last, no extra, 2nd of 12, 10l behind Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Forestside (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 36l behind Civil Unrest (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Soul Angel 9-2 (10-0) Tracked winner, hit 5th, jumped left 8th, slow next and lost place, weakened 4 out, 5th of 7, 40l behind Etxalar (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Panthers Run 11-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, led 4th, left 2nd 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 3rd of 7, 26l behind Freckle Face (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Strathaird (IRE) 100-1 (9-11) In rear, behind 9th, went 4th before last, never any chance, 4th of 6, 21l behind Decent Lord (10-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.