It's impossible to have much faith in Big News at present but Lord Fox arrives in good heart and chasing a hat-trick after victories at Leicester and Fakenham. He's gone up a further 4lb but that's not insurmountable. Tin Pot Man is 7lb lower than when winning over course and distance last year but has been struggling to get his head in front lately. Despite competing from out of the handicap again, TOM BACH can effectively race off a lower mark than when scoring by 22 lengths over 3m here 11 days ago. He likes it here and another success beckons.
Big News 3-1fav (11-12) Held up, jumped left and bumped 4th, headway when jumped left next, went 2nd 12th until before 4 out, hung right approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Emma Soda (10-9) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft, 6 ran.
Lord Fox (IRE) Evensfav (11-1) Jumped right at times, made all, collided with loose horse and nearly unseated rider 7th, ridden 2 out, stayed on flat, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating King Ozzy (11-4) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Tin Pot Man (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, no chance when mistake 2 out, 8th of 11, 19l behind The Last Bridge (10-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Bens Moor (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Made most, reminders before 3 out, headed approaching next, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by What A Good Night (10-10) at Stratford 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Oct, 9 ran.
Tom Bach (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Sometimes jumped right but jumped well, made all, soon clear, going strongly and in no danger before 4 out, slight stumble on landing 3 out, kept up to work flat, unchallenged, won at Ffos Las 3m cond hcp chs (5) sft beating Night Safe (11-4) by 22l, 8 ran.
No Through Road 15-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, well beaten 11th, went remote 4th flat, 4th of 12, 40l behind Lord Fox (10-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Jim Job Jones 20-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, went left 14th, pushed along and struggling in 4th before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Tom Bach (10-0) at Ffos Las 3m cond hcp chs (5) sft.