Sea Saffron is rated higher over fences but could only manage third over these hurdles back in May. Russie With Love won a novice hurdle last season but has a lengthy absence to overcome and preference goes to LEADER OF THE GANG. He has a more recent fourth to Poet at Newbury to his credit and David Pipe's charge will have come on for that reappearance run. Master Benjamin was still thereabouts when unshipping his rider in the latter's race at Newbury while Xaarcet and Timetoring both finished closer last time and could figure along with Bincombe.
Leader Of The Gang 7-1 (11-0) In touch in mi-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders approaching next and every chance, ridden and dropped to 4th when hung left before last, 4th of 18, 14l behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Russie With Love 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent and ridden 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression after, 5th of 8, 15l behind Littledean Jimmy (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Sea Saffron 11-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, jumped left 9th, ridden 12th, headway when mistake 4 out, no impression, tailed off, 5th of 15, 40l behind Emmaslegend (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jul.
Master Benjamin 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, well held in dispute of 7th when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 18 ran.
Pinkneys Prince 28-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, soon chasing leaders, never on terms, 4th of 12, 10l behind Billy Dutton (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Swift Chap 10-1 (11-5) Behind, mistake 4th, reminder next, tailed off and pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Duaiseoir (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Look For Love 12-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, mistake 4th, tailed off 6th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Romeo Americo (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
No Woman No Cry 16-1 (10-13) In touch, chased leaders approaching 3 out, no extra before next, 5th of 16, 34l behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Bincombe 11-1 (10-12) Mid-division and keen, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 11, 26l behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Xaarcet (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 6th, chased leaders 4 out, every chance approaching 2 out, led before last, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Home Run (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Timetoring 14-1 (11-5) Led until before 3rd, chased leaders, went 2nd before 6th until 4 out, chased leaders, ridden and no impression in 3rd before 2 out, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Aureate (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Starlife (FR) 25-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, weakened before 2 out, 14th of 15, 35l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.