Turbolinas looks to be improving and the runner-up has already franked the form of his Wetherby success. Despite a 7lb higher mark, Kate Walton's charge is one for the short-list here while Funky Munky is better than he showed at Ayr last time. Smokey George didn't take to fences but could be interesting back over the smaller obstacles and Cavite Eta makes his handicap debut having finished second over 2m here last time. AMIR PASHA has won three of his five starts on this track and did well to score over 2m last time, despite finding the trip on the sharp side. Joe Colliver's claim negates his penalty and Micky Hammond's seven-year-old looks the one to beat again.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 3-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden to lead 2 out, stayed on well flat, won at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Hi Dancer (10-12) by 4l, 7 ran.
Littledean Jimmy (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, led 5th, mistake and headed last, no extra, 5th of 15, 10l behind Ginger Grey (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Marino Prince (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, 28l behind Zafranagar (11-2) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Smokey George 15-2 (11-9) Mid-division, hampered 9th, lost place next, headway under pressure 3 out, 7th and held when fell next, in a race won by Ballyegan (11-6) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Turbolinas (FR) 9-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden 3out, hard driven to lead post, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Bagsy's Bridge (10-2) by nk, 12 ran.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway 2 out, stayed on well to chase winner run-in, 2nd of 15, 5l behind Ginger Grey (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Patavium (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Held up behind in touch, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next, 4th of 7, 12l behind Kykate (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Brave Spartacus (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 9th of 14, 31l behind Arisea (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Worth A King's 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 7th, soon behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by The Shy Man (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 15 ran.
Funky Munky 4-1fav (10-7) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 13l behind Carters Rest (10-7) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Hartforth 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 12, 19l behind Turbolinas (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Daniel's Dream 100-1 (9-7) Mid-division, lost place 3rd, soon struggling, no danger after, 7th of 13, 37l behind King's Chorister (10-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Carlton Mac 40-1 (10-0) Chased leaders to after 6th, soon behind, no danger after, 9th of 13, well behind Absolute Shambles (10-4) at Bangor 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.