Night Alliance had That'lldoboy and River D'Or behind when making a winning debut over fences for Richard Newland over this C&D last month. He ran a lifeless race when strongly fancied at Newbury three weeks later and is very much better than he showed that day. Charminster is a talented individual who hasn't had much racing and is with the right man to get the best out of him though this is a tough handicap baptism. Made In Time has won two and fell twice in his four starts over fences and this doesn't look the best of tracks for a dodgy jumper but conversely it's MR CHOW, who fell at Southwell last time, who gets the vote as he had previously looked a potentially very useful chaser when slamming his rivals in two starts at Taunton. With the Venetia Williams yard in tremendous form, the former Australian chase winner Pentiffic can build on his battling success at Huntingdon and the consistent Royale's Charter looks on a fair enough mark to make his presence felt.
Saint Are (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, hit 8th, hit 4 out and slithered on landing, not recover and well beaten after, 4th of 6, 25l behind Champion Court (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) gs.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) Chased leading trio, went 2nd 5 out, led approaching 4 out, hanging left when hit 3 out, continued to hang left, 3 lengths ahead last, hard driven flat, caught post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Oscar Gogo (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Roalco De Farges (FR) 7-4fav (11-5) Pressed leader, led 4th, not fluent next, jumped left 6th, not fluent 11th or when headed next, weakened approaching 3 out, 3rd of 4, 40l behind Webberys Dream (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft.
Charminster (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, jumped left 5 out, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, jumped left next, clear last, eased run-in, won at Musselburgh 2m beg chase (5) gd beating Degas Art (11-0) by 5l, 5 ran.
Bless The Wings (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, chased leaders after next, 3rd when mistake 3 out, soon ridden and edged left, left 2nd next, kept on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Our Mick (11-8) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Carpincho (FR) 8-11fav (11-7) Made all, jumped well, ridden when left clear last, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) sft beating Sherwani Wolf (11-0) by 15l, 3 ran.
Made In Time (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Made most until 6th, led after 7th, headed next, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led flat, stayed on well, won at Taunton 2m 7f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs beating Time For Spring (10-7) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Bottman (IRE) 6-5fav (11-7) Led, headed before 6th, weakening when mistake 3 out, 4th of 6, 18l behind Tullow Boy (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy in Dec.
That'lldoboy (FR) 15-2 (11-7) Mid-division in touch, headway under pressure after 4 out, soon chased leaders, 3 lengths down in 2nd when fell last, in a race won by Our Mick (11-8) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec, 13 ran.
Mister Hyde (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, driven from next, hampered after last, soon challenging and carried right, just held, awarded race, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Dec beating Court Victory (11-0) by hd, 11 ran.
Mr Chow (IRE) 4-9fav (11-10) Tracked leaders and keen, not fluent 4th, went 2nd from 10th, fell 13th, in a race won by Ravastree (11-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 5 ran.
Royale's Charter 10-3fav (10-9) Held up in mid-division, blundered badly and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Triolo D'Alene (10-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs, 11 ran.
Pentiffic (NZ) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, closed to lead 9th, soon headed, not fluent and pecked 10th, led after 3 out, pressed flat, held on, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft beating Problema Tic (11-7) by hd, 4 ran.
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) Led until 4th, tracked winner, not fluent 10th, led 13th, headed approaching 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Trafalgar Road (11-11) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Night Alliance (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Prominent until lost place and towards rear 4th, never going after, jumped slowly 9th, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Gotoyourplay (11-2) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
River D'or (FR) 3-1 (11-0) Led to 3rd, led 7th, headed after 8th, led 10th, headed before 4 out, pressed winner after last, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Best Legend (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (5) gs.