Richard Lee runs three in this with the unexposed Big News possibly the most interesting. Bendant won at Ffos Las last month but was subsequently pulled up on a return visit to the track while Fishoutofwater hasn't shown much over fences so far, though did run a little better over hurdles last time. MARIE DES ANGES stayed on well for pressure when making a winning start over the larger obstacles at Market Rasen when the disappointing Qalinas was back in third. She should appreciate the extra here and can double up. Greywell Boy was second over 2m at Warwick last month and may be best of the rest, though Shinrock Hill is worth watching for future reference.
Bendant 10-3 (10-10) Tracked leader, blundered 7th, under pressure 4 out, weakened after next, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Big News 5-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching next, 5th of 9, 29l behind High Storm (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 7th of 15, 8l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 85-40fav (10-8) Mid-division, chased leaders 7th, weakened 3 out, 11th of 15, well behind Waywood Princess (9-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up in touch in rear, jumped left at times and not always fluent, ridden after 7th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up approaching next, in a race won by Seymour Eric (10-1) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-110) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Chiquilline (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, in touch 4th, chased leaders before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 4th of 9, 29l behind Two Rockers (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Fishoutofwater (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, driven to challenge before 3 out, soon every chance, weakened last, 2nd of 7, 15l behind Firebird Flyer (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Greywell Boy 4-1fav (11-0) Prominent, led 5th, headed 7th, 3rd and beaten when left 2nd last, stayed on, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Milans Well (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Chased leaders, travelling well 3 out, left 2nd soon after, well held before 2 out, went right last, 2nd of 9, 14l behind Azulada Bay (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Qalinas (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Made most until 3 out, still close up when blundered last, weakening towards finish, held on to 3rd, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Marie Des Anges (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Ripoff 4-1 (11-10) Held up last, headway 6th, not fluent and ridden 3 out, chased winner approaching 2 out, went left and hit 2 out, switched right then went left again last, unable to quicken flat, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Storm Alert (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Russe Blanc (FR) 9-2fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Trojan Sun (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr.
Shinrock Hill (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, 47l behind Highway Code (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd in Feb '11.
Marie Des Anges (FR) 9-2 (10-0) In rear, ridden 5th, headway 9th, chased leader 3 out, soon led, driven and hung right approaching last, stayed on, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f beg chs (4) sft in Dec beating Rear Admiral (10-9) by 1l, 10 ran.