Nutin Fancy is another Philip Hobbs contender to be kept on the right side despite his last two runs, both last spring, being way below par. Previous efforts at Chepstow indicated a decent future as a staying handicapper and he's one to keep an eye on after a 10-month absence. Genstone Trail is also returning from an absence after over 400 days off for Alan King. A winner of a 3m2f handicap hurdle at Huntingdon when last seen, he's one to watch too. Water Wagtail is a potential improver for Emma Lavelle whilst Jump Up, a Ffos Las winner in mid-October after a 23-month absence, needs to be taken seriously. However, the hopeful choice is ROCKY BENDER for Venetia Williams. His comeback run was too bad to be true but he appeals as well handicapped on his best form.
Nutin Fancy (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 15, 44l behind Moorlands Mist (11-0) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Buckhorn Tom 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division, hampered 1st, closed after next, hampered 8th, one pace from 3 out, 5th of 17, 8l behind Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Sir Frank (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway on outside 4 out, close 3rd when not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace from after next, 3rd of 17, 5l behind Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Kayef (GER) 33-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, struggling 4 out, 15th of 23, 43l behind Decoy (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov '11.
Canadian Dreamer (IRE) 9-2fav (11-12) Behind, tailed off when mistake 3 out, 11th of 16, well behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Water Wagtail 15-8 (11-2) Took keen hold, tracking leaders, went 2nd 4 out until before next, driven one pace and no impression before next, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Minella For Steak (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Oct.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Mid-division, awkward 1st, jumped slowly 3rd and 4th and given reminder, headway 8th, reminder after 12th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Western King (11-8) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Kyles Faith (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 8, 24l behind Willoughby Hedge (11-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Georgian King 4-1fav (11-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 6th, lost place before 8th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Fontano (11-6) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov '11.
Long John 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 15l behind Royal Guardsman (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Bois Des Aigles (FR) 6-1fav (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, well beaten when blundered last, tailed off, 14th of 17, well behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Torrential Raine 20-1 (11-7) In touch until pushed along before 6th, outpaced and lost place soon after, went left 2 out, mistake last, kept on flat, no threat, 8th of 17, 17l behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Petit Fleur 25-1 (11-4) Held up, ridden after 8th, soon weakened, last of 7, 36l behind Social Realism (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jun.
Genstone Trail 8-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, mistake 3 out, hampered next, led last, stayed on well, won at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct '12 beating Well Mett (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Brockwell Park 14-1 (11-2) Tracking leaders on outside when jumped right and blundered 1st, in touch, not fluent 5th, lost touch before 8th, well behind 10th, pulled up after, in a race won by Last Shot (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs, 8 ran.
Jump Up 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 5th, challenged 3 out, edged right and led before last, stayed on, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct beating Captain Moonman (10-10) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.