Woodbank was only beaten half-a-length at Ludlow last month but is 4lb higher now. Corkage goes well here and is starting to come down the weights, though would have preferred another half-mile. Finger On the Pulse and Jack The Gent appear to have lost their way but there are possibilities about the consistent Atlanta Falcon and Off The Ground won off today's mark over hurdles last year and was well backed at Kempton last time. His stable is in cracking form but ARCTIC BEN kept on well considering he made a lot of the running on his reappearance at Stratford. He will appreciate the better going and drop in distance today and can come out on top.
Corkage (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Led until after 1st, chased leader until 5th, chased leading pair, went 2nd again after 3 out, pushed along before next, no chance with winner, lost 2nd between last 2, one pace, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Connectivity (11-4) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) sft.
Galway Jack (IRE) 4-1fav (10-8) Raced keenly, led 2nd, ridden and headed approaching 11th, chased leaders, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Gentleman Anshan (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in May.
Golden Call (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Led to 5th, tracked leader, weakened before 5 out, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Midnight Appeal (10-10) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy, 9 ran.
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) In touch, under pressure 10th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Silver Roque (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft, 8 ran.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, took closer order 4th, weakened before 4 out, last of 10, well behind Lucky Landing (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Marley Roca (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, held up, headway to track leaders before 6th, went 3rd 2 out, ridden to chase winner approaching and every chance when blundered bady last, unable to recover, 5th of 9, 23l behind Gentleman Anshan (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in May.
Bellenos (FR) 9-4fav (10-10) in a race won by Argentique (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f 4yo chs hvy in Nov '12, 9 ran.
Arctic Ben (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Led until 3 out, 4th and beaten when mistake last, 5th of 9, 9l behind Mart Lane (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct.
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Led until approaching 5 out, under pressure after next, stayed on approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Coverholder (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Woodbank 7-4fav (11-0) Held up in last, dived at 1st, bad mistake 8th, pecked 4 out, switched left and closing 2 out, went 2nd flat, edged right and pressing winner towards finish, held close home, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Be All Man (10-11) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Off The Ground (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Towards rear, headway before 5 out, weakened from 3 out, jumped left next, left poor 3rd from last, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Annacotty (11-4) at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Close up, led 5 out, headed next, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Sergeant Pink (11-1) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.