Lightly-raced over fences, we like the look of dual course winner WOLF MOON, who will have the assistance of the accomplished David Bass and should be cherry-ripe now after a couple of runs. Regal Approach battled hard to score at Newbury on his latest start but a 6lb rise in the weights hasn't done him any favours, while the Wetherby reappearance of the once-useful Patman Du Charmil didn't offer much encouragement. Fine Parchment is creeping up the weights but there are possibilities about Ravethebrave, who was a comfortable winner at Folkestone on his chasing debut, and top weight County Zen.
County Zen (FR) 14-1 (11-1) In touch, mistake 7th, reminders soon after, outpaced 9th, ridden and headway 3 out, kept on to go 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Master Of The Hall (11-1) at Ascot 2m 5f beg chs (3) gs in Nov.
Safari Adventures (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Raced keenly, led to after 2nd, jumped big next, held up towards rear in touch, blundered 13th, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Sheriff Hutton (11-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Font 5-6fav (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 3 out, challenging when not fluent next, mistake last, soon carried right, nowhere to go when false rail came up soon after, veered sharply left and saddle slipped, not recover, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Rodrigo Gonzales (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jul '09.
Wolf Moon (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, driven along after 11th, mistake and weakened 14th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 6th of 8, 36l behind Wayward Prince (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gs in Nov.
Factotum 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on outer, pushed along after 7th, soon weakened, 6th of 7, well behind Smuglin (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Holmwood Legend 15-2 (11-3) Held up in 5th, headway 7th, pressed winner when not fluent 13th, ridden to lead narrowly before 4 out, not fluent and headed 3 out, 1 length down when hampered and left clear last, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov beating Pacha D'Oudairies (11-0) by 29l, 7 ran.
Carrickboy (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 4th, no impression after 8th, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 22l behind Royal Charm (11-1) at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Ravethebrave (IRE) 6-4fav (11-1) Soon tracked leading trio, good headway 11th, blundered 4 out, ridden along in 3rd after next, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, driven out and kept on flat, won at Folkestone 2m 5f nov ch 0-125 (3) sft in Nov beating Canni Thinkaar (10-10) by 1l, 6 ran.
Knight Legend (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, jumped slowy 4th, hit 6th, weakened approaching 2 out where mistake, 4th of 6, 29l behind Mister McGoldrick (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Quell The Storm (FR) 28-1 (11-7) Led, not fluent 1st or 2nd, ridden when slipped bend approaching 4 out, soon headed, weakened after 3 out, 3rd of 5, 30l behind William's Wishes (11-7) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
Regal Approach (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, chased leaders approaching 3rd, not fluent 4th, pressed leader 5 out, ridden approaching 3 out, led next, headed last, rallied to regain lead final 50 yards, just held on, won at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (4) gs in Nov beating In The Zone (10-7) by nk, 14 ran.
Double Dizzy 16-1 (10-12) In touch on outside, mistake 8th, outpaced 13th, behind when hit 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Frankie Figg (11-5) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Held up in touch, chased leaders halfway, driven to challenge 2 out, kept on to take 2nd after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Cavers Glen (10-4) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Cullahill (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, reminders approaching 14th and soon outpaced, some headway approaching 3 out, disputing 6th and well held when blundered 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Peut Etre Sivola (10-4) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov, 10 ran.
Patman Du Charmil (FR) 13-2 (11-3) Close up, led 2nd, clear approaching 4 out, hit next, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 8, 12l behind Gilsland (10-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Forty Five (IRE) 11-10fav (11-10) Held up in 4th, headway to track leader after 7th, led before 3 out, soon hard pressed, headed next, outpaced when switched right between last, ridden when pecked last, rallied flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Cadoudalas (11-8) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Plein Pouvoir (FR) 11-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th until after 8th, driven along in 4th after 3 out, one pace and no impression before next, 5th of 7, 19l behind Zarrafakt (11-8) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.