MIDNIGHT APPEAL was third in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham after beating a previous winner at Hereford when Jimmy The Hat was a further six lengths away in third. The latter probably needed that but Alan King's charge should confirm the form, despite his penalty, and can also get the better of the luckless Enter Paradise, though Charlie Mann's ex-pointer hasn't done a great deal wrong over hurdles. King Caractacus returns from a lengthy absence and it's difficult to see any of the remainder getting involved.
Midnight Appeal 16-1 (11-4) Held up behind in touch, headway on outside after 3 out, went 2nd next, ridden and effort between last 2, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Coneygree (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Enter Paradise (IRE) 8-11fav (10-2) Led to 2 out, ralleied and regained lead until blundered and headed last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Woodford County (10-12) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Jimmy The Hat (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Midnight Appeal (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
King Caractacus 6-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 11l behind Super Duty (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Race (4-6yo) (5) gd in Apr '11.
The Royal Brompton 33-1 (10-12) In touch until lost place before 5th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Minella For Steak (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Tough Cookie (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up in touch, blundered badly and rider lost irons 5th and pulled up, in a race won by Listen Boy (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (4) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Tycoons Reflection (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, under pressure after 4th, behind when pulled up 6th, in a race won by African Gold (11-10) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Rum Ginney 80-1 (10-10) In touch, ridden and dropped to rear 5th, soon tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Mischievous Milly (10-10) at Fakenham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.