BONOMAN hasn't been seen since beating Anay Turge by six lengths at Ffos Las in November but finally seems to have got his act together over fences and Conor Ring's claim is a major factor in his favour today. We'll take him to win what appears a modest heat with Kap West still 10lb higher than when scoring at Towcester last June. Malin Head may be capable of better after his second at Plumpton but Hector's House is usually worth opposing and Russe Blanc should strip fitter for his run at Carlisle.
Russe Blanc (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, jumped right and went 2nd from 2nd, pushed along 4 out, lost place before next, last of 4, 38l behind Kealigolane (11-0) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) hvy.
Bonoman (IRE) 11-4fav (9-12) Prominent, 4th and niggled along before 4 out, closed 3 out, led after 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov beating Anay Turge (11-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Mut'ab (USA) 20-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, went 4th after 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 29l behind Little Legend (11-7) at Folkestone 3m 2f nov hts chs (6) gd in May.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Led, mistake 1st, soon headed, pressed leader, hit 4 out, lost 2nd next, no extra soon after, last of 4, 15l behind Anay Turge (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Bertenbar 11-1 (11-2) Jumped left at times, tracked leaders, no impression 2 out, 7th of 12, 20l behind Trojan Sun (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Kap West (FR) 11-4fav (11-4) Held up in touch on inside, mistake 2nd, tracked leaders 4 out, outpaced next, plugged on to take moderated 3rd approaching last, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Topaze Collonges (11-11) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Zen Factor 13-2 (11-9) Took keen hold, jumped left, pressed leader, mistake 3rd, pushed along after 3 out, already lost 2nd when went badly left next, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Rouge Et Blanc (11-9) at Folkestone 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec, 9 ran.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Led until 8th, weakened 5 out, behind when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Landenstown Star (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Autumn Haze 8-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened from 9th, tailed off, 5th of 6, 40l behind Newton Tonic (10-6) at Hereford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in May.
Malin Head (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Led, not fluent 7th, ridden before 2 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Newton Tonic (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Hector's House 3-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 2nd, progress after next, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 8, well behind Bally Sands (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Sablazo (FR) 9-2 (9-7) Mistake 1st, chased leading pair until slow and lost place 7th, rallied to 3rd before 2 out (normal 3 out), stayed on same pace flat, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Little Jimmy (10-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Kinkeel (IRE) 3-1 (9-11) Held up in touch, ridden to lead before 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Mujamead (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp ch 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.