In-form trainer Dan Skelton has inherited My Flora but she still looks too high in the weights. Phase Shift was well beaten on her chasing bow at Wetherby and has to give plenty of weight to the much more experienced Glen Countess, who returned to winning ways at Wetherby but now races off a career-high mark. Tea Caddy beat A LITTLE SWIFTER by five lengths over 3m1f at Fakenham but the runner-up only weakened approaching the last that day and will enjoy the shorter trip. She's 5lb higher now and is fancied to turn the tables and land this with Overnight Fame raised 3lb since finishing second at Chepstow.
Phase Shift 15-2 (10-7) In touch in 4th, pushed along before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 5, 31l behind Mwaleshi (10-9) at Wetherby 2m nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
My Flora 6-1 (11-6) Close up, hit 12th, 4th and no extra last, weakened flat, 4th of 8, 19l behind That's The Deal (10-2) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
A Little Swifter (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Held up 3rd and last, left sole rival at 2nd, joined winner 14th, led between last, headed last, ridden and no extra flat, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Tea Caddy (11-7) at Fakenham 3m (4) gs in Nov.
Tea Caddy 11-10fav (11-7) Led, joined 14th, driven and headed between last 2, rallied to regain lead last, ridden and edged right flat, kept on, won at Fakenham 3m (4) gs in Nov beating A Little Swifter (11-9) by 5l, 3 ran.
Glen Countess (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) In touch in 4th, went 2nd before 4 out, left in lead 3 out, mistake next, ridden before last, just held on, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov beating Goodtoknow (11-7) by hd, 8 ran.
Moulin de La Croix 14-1 (10-13) Held up, closed 2nd, went 2nd 8th until 9th, ridden and weakened after 13th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mister Grez (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Overnight Fame (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Chased leader, led narrowly 4 out, headed 3 out, chased winner, not much room on inside last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Niki Royal (FR) 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, lost place 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 9, 26l behind Edlomond (10-4) at Towcester 2m clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Detour Ahead 5-1 (10-5) Led until after 2nd, chased leader, ridden after 5th, soon lost place, stayed on from 2 out, never reached winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Suprise Vendor (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.