Sablazo's recent second at Lingfield was his best run for a while but there's no guarantee he'll repeat it here from 2lb out of the handicap. ZEN FACTOR has won off a higher mark over hurdles and is slowly getting his act together over fences, finishing third in a better race at Stratford last month. He could be worth risking against more exposed rivals though Full Ov Beans won at Worcester, easily beating Guns Of Love, and Fakenham in October before falling behind Roc De Guye at Stratford. The latter has gone close again since at Fakenham but that was a poor contest while Sawago has been well below his best lately.
Sawago (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 2nd and lost place, dropped to rear 4th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Full Ov Beans (9-7) at Fakenham 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Oct, 6 ran.
Full Ov Beans 5-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, blundered 6th, hit 5 out, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 18l behind Morestead (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Zen Factor 11-2 (10-4) Led, headed before 3rd, tracked leaders, weakened and left poor 3rd before last, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Be Definite (11-9) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, driven and lost place approaching 4 out, weakened next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Massini Sunset (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan '11, 9 ran.
Roc De Guye (FR) 2-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, ridden 2 out, soon outpaced by leader, left clear run in, caught post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Peak Seasons (9-4) at Fakenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov.
Little Jimmy 33-1 (11-1) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 3rd, tracked winner, ridden before 4 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 4, well behind Ulysse Collonges (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
Guns of Love (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, led 9th, headed 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 6, 42l behind Full Ov Beans (9-7) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Quix 11-4fav (10-6) Raced wide chasing leaders, went 2nd after 4th, led 6th until next, lost 2nd bypassing omitted 5 out, driven along and weakened before 4 out, hit 4 out, well beaten and tired when fell next, in a race won by Smokey George (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Flowerbud 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leader, led 3rd, ridden and headed after 2 out, kept on and lost 2nd place near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Red Whisper (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Sablazo (FR) 5-1 (9-7) Held up in 4th, went 3rd after 4 out, chased winner before next, effort when edged left after 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Topaze Collonges (11-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.