A real muddle of a race but Anthony Middleton's FITANDPROPERJOB has gone quite well the last twice and there's nothing of the class of Settledoutofcourt here, to whom he finished second at Hexham last time. He does handle any ground and should have room for improvement over fences after just the three chasing starts. Course and distance winner Full Ov Beans is useful in this grade on the positive side but is far from consistent on the down side, whilst connections will hope that a first time tongue tie and blinkers will transform the fortunes of Carobello on just this second chase start. Mad Professor brought up his half century of chase starts the last day but he's yet to win on ground with soft in the description. He does retain some ability though at this level and should run his race.
Full Ov Beans 25-1 (9-11) In rear, not fluent 2nd or 4th, mistake 8th, soon well beaten, 6th of 7, 28l behind Christopher Wren (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Fitandproperjob 8-1 (10-11) In rear, went 3rd from 8th, chased winner from 3 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Settledoutofcourt (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Carobello (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) In rear, blundered badly 1st, not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, ridden 8th, no chance from next, 5th of 10, 35l behind Drumlang (11-7) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Mad Professor (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) In touch on outside, lost place and reminder 5th, struggling 7th, no danger after, 4th of 6, 35l behind Hopeand (11-2) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.