Firebird Flyer briefly looked in trouble at Ffos Las on Boxing Day but eventually ran out an easy winner. Whether he'll be able to defy a penalty and complete his hat-trick in this more competitive affair is another matter however. Sixty Something and WHO OWNS ME are others who arrive in terrific form. The former has already won at Aintree and Bangor this season but the latter is on a hat-trick after soft-ground wins at Folkestone and Fakenham and, though he takes a big leap in class today and has gone up a further 6lb recently, Paul O'Brien claims 10lb and that could swing things his way again. Corkage is something of a Doncaster specialist and ran a blinder over fences here two weeks ago. He has a higher rating over hurdles, however, and the going is also against him. Tornado Bob would have a chance if fully wound-up but Barafundle could be more of a threat if building on his comeback fourth at Haydock.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, challenged after 8th, ridden and lost place 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 17, 25l behind Native Gallery (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Corkage (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leader and wide, joined leader 7th, every chance 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 16, 3/4l behind Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs.
Barafundle (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders and keen, outpaced after 4 out, kept on and no impresion from before 2 out, 4th of 16, 12l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Sixty Something (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Held up in last pair, steady headway after 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, challenged last, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy beating Pension Plan (10-2) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Sarando 12-1 (11-10) Led, headed before 11th, ridden and jumped right 4 out, weakened next, last of 5, 46l behind Across The Bay (11-10) at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) hvy in Nov.
Who Owns Me (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Prominent, led 3 out, ridden next, headed briefly last, driven out, won at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Lieutenant Miller (11-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Firebird Flyer (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway after 4 out, mistake next, led before last, soon clear, easily, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy beating Fishoutofwater (10-10) by 15l, 7 ran.
Beneficial Reform (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Tracked leader to 13th, mistake 14th, reminders before 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Problema Tic (11-11) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, mistake 10th, weakened 12th, tailed off when pulled up last, in a race won by Moscow Chancer (10-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 11 ran.