Clouds Of Mist hasn't raced since June but Tarabela was going well enough when falling over fences at Plumpton last month and won twice over the smaller obstacles last season. Rocky Bender was pulled up at Plumpton last time and is still a maiden under Rules but a pair of blinkers could help him concentrate more here. THEDEBOFTHEYEAR disappointed when the subject of a gamble at Taunton last time but is so well handicapped at present that she is probably worth another chance to add to her three victories to date.
Cadeau George 33-1 (11-10) Behind, tailed off 10th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Tarabela 7-1 (11-12) Held up in last pair, steady headway to 4th after 9th, 3rd and travelling well enough when fell 3 out (normal 4 out), in a race won by Royaume Bleu (10-12) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, som headway before 10th, pushed along and struggling in 7th after 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Clouds Of Mist 2-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, ridden after next, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Bollin Tahini (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Tara Tavey (IRE) 11-4 (10-3) Chased winner until before 5th, chased leading pair, went 2nd again 7th until 9th, weakened before 15th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Alteranthela (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Thedeboftheyear 10-3fav (11-5) Chased leader until after 2nd, chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 14, 27l behind Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Solid Concrete (IRE) 150-1 (10-0) Mid-division, mistake 4th, in rear when not fluent 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Deputy Dan (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Kapricorne (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, well beaten over 3f out, 12th of 14, 31l behind Caulfields Venture (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Ballyegan (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) With leaders, mistake 14th and rider lost irons, soon lost place, 3rd of 10, 39l behind Barton Gift (9-12) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.