Nudge And Nurdle seems to have forgotten how to get his head in front while Badger Foot didn't show much on his reappearance though was a long way ahead of Rory Boy at Kelso in the spring and should strip fitter here. THAT'LLDOBOY faces no easy task at the weights considering he's only a five-year-old but did well to hold off the much-fancied Zarrafakt at Newbury last time with the pair clear of the remainder. He still looks to be on an upward curve and can complete the hat-trick. Matako is less exposed than Bene Lad and could run into a place if jumping round safely.
That'lldoboy (FR) 11-2 (10-5) In touch, headway to chase leaders 10th, went 2nd next, hit 4 out, led 3 out, 2 lengths ahead when hit last, hard driven flat, held on, all out, won at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov beating Zarrafakt (11-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Badger Foot (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Mid-division, headway after 9th, left 3rd 10th, chased winner next, weakened from 2 out, lost remote 4th close home, tailed off, 5th of 11, 48l behind Morning Moment (11-5) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Nudge And Nurdle (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Last trio, ridden along before 15th, driven in 5th 4 out, no chance when left modest 4th 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, 34l behind Master Cobbler (10-8) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Rory Boy (USA) 8-1 (9-12) With leader, lost place from 4th, outpaced from 4 out, went 3rd last, kept on to take 2nd place near finish, 2nd of 5, 4l behind First Fandango (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Matako (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Hampered 1st, well in rear, headway after 11th, stayed on to 3rd approaching 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Bless The Wings (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Night Alliance (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place 3rd, no impression 3 out, mistake last, went 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 12, 16l behind Trafalgar (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
River D'or (FR) 80-1 (10-9) In rear, hampered 3rd, mistake 5th, blundered 10th, never in contention, 7th of 15, 34l behind Roalco De Farges (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
That's The Deal (IRE) 22-1 (9-12) Close up, ridden and weakened 3 out, 7th of 10, well behind Mohayer (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Bene Lad (IRE) 7-2fav (10-7) Tracked leader, ridden after 3 out, kept on after last, went 2nd final 100 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Douglas Julian (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.