A close check on the market is recommended before parting with any hard-earned cash on this very modest handicap. Most of these arrive out of sorts, though Bathwick Junior won at Plumpton in December before finishing second at Fontwell and has only gone up a further 3lb. LAKOTA GHOST hasn't shown much over hurdles so far but won a handicap over 1m4f on the Fibresand at Southwell earlier this month which suggests he should handle conditions here - he gets a very tentative vote to transfer that form to jumps. Old Magic has won a race over timber and must have some sort of chance but the remainder rarely run two races alike and are more difficult to fancy.
Conkies Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, moderate 7th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Sands Cove (11-12) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Nov, 10 ran.
Lord Of The Dunes 50-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 17, 47l behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Old Magic (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Led, headed before 2nd, chased leaders, no extra from last, 4th of 10, 5l behind Lady Bridget (10-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Head Spin (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) With leader, led 5th, headed before 4 out, weakened before next, 6th of 9, well behind Uimhir A Seacht (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Umoristic (FR) 10-3 (9-8) Led, clear after 4th until 6th, rider almost steered wrong course on bend before 3 out, soon headed and dropped to 3rd, rallied to 2nd soon after until driven and mistake 2 out, weakened and mistake last, 5th of 9, 15l behind Drussell (10-13) at Ludlow 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Lakota Ghost (USA) 25-1 (10-12) Held up, well beaten before 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Uncle Jimmy (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Sertao (FR) 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, mistake 5th, ridden after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 10, 42l behind Sail And Return (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Bathwick Junior 9-4fav (10-12) Held up, headway after 5th, chased leading pair 3 out, stayed on to 2nd soon after last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Uimhir A Seacht (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) hvy in Dec.
Lisselan Pleasure (USA) 50-1 (10-0) Went left and awakward 1st and next, always behind, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Drussell (10-13) at Ludlow 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Arbeejay 20-1 (10-2) Prominent when hampered 1st, tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 4th, behind 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gigondas (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug, 10 ran.
Thomas Bell (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Majestic Bull (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Megabill (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Mid-division on inside, lost place 8th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Pocket Too (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Come On Annie 200-1 (11-2) Behind, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Niki Royal (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.