Lookout Mountain won at Huntingdon before finishing second at Wetherby off his new mark. Unfortunately, he's been raised a further 6lb since so will need to improve again. Hold Court hasn't fired this season and is unproven over 3m but Moorlands Mist has claims on his fourth at Exeter and the beating of Virginia Ash on that run, though whether he would have finished ahead of ROYAL NATIVE had that one stood up is debatable. Anthony Honeyball's five-year-old was travelling very strongly when coming to grief and has been rather surprisingly lowered 3lb since. Westaway has shown more than enough to win a race like this and is another for the short-list.
Maller Tree 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and lost place after 4th, soon weakened, tailed off 3 out, last of 7, well behind Knight Of Pleasure (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Timesishard (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, every chance next, 7th and no extra last, 9th of 19, 20l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Lookout Mountain (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, challenged on bit 3 out, ridden to chase winner last and every chance, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Flicka Williams (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Hold Court (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off 2 out, 18th of 20, well behind Thomas Crapper (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Nov.
Big Society (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Tracked leader, blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Super Villan (10-1) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Moorlands Mist 5-1 (11-2) Held up, hampered 1st, headway 7th, went 2nd when not fluent 3 out, mistake 2 out, no impression last, lost 2 places close home, 4th of 17, 6l behind Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Ugly Bug 11-1 (11-11) Led until after 3 out, no extra in 4th before last, 4th of 12, 17l behind Seventh Sign (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Brackloon High (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Led or disputed lead, mistake and reminder 4th, lost place 14th, behind and ridden 16th, beaten when hampered and brought down 4 out, in a race won by Night Alliance (10-2) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Sarando 50-1 (11-0) Soon towards rear, lost touch and ridden 14th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Night Alliance (10-2) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Royal Native (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Prominent, led 7th, fell next, in a race won by Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 17 ran.
Westaway (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, soon chased winner, pushed along 2 out, soon challenged winner and not fluent 2 out, ridden and every chance last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Cole Harden (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 21, 28l behind Mickie (11-3) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
He's The Daddy 7-2 (11-6) Took keen hold, disputed close 2nd, hit 3rd, dropped to 3rd 7th, went 2nd again 4 out, no chance with winner, mistake last, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Tigresse Bleue (11-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov.