Time Book won a lesser contest over a shorter trip here in May but was well beaten on a return visit and FRANKLINO should take all the beating in this if jumping adequately. He finally got his act together over hurdles during the summer and doesn't look badly treated on his chase debut, despite top weight. Ballymoat also tackles fences for the first time but has won a point-to-point while Marju King won twice over hurdles and the recent Stratford third should be a factor here with a clear round.
Franklino (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Led and disputed, advantage 3 out, pushed along and joined 2 out, kept slight lead until no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 4, nk behind Bold Raider (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gf in Aug.
Ballymoat 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, challenged 8th, led before 9th, headed next, one pace and no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Vinnie The Fish (11-0) at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Mountaineer (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Held up on outside, took keen hold, headway after 4th, soon steadied, not fluent 8th, not fluent 13th and soon pulled up, in a race won by Big Talk (11-0) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Sep, 8 ran.
Marju King (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway after 8th, went 3rd before 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Letsby Avenue (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Sep.
Caulfields Venture (IRE) 6-4fav (11-8) In rear, reminder after 2nd, not fluent 4th or 6th, headway on outside approaching 14th, ridden 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, no impression, weakened last and soon dropped to 4th, 4th of 8, 27l behind Dukeofchesterwood (10-3) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Outback (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Led until 1st, chased leader, reminder after 4th and before 6th, lost place before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 15 ran.
Time Book (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Led narrowly, headed 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 29l behind Morestead (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Cossack Prince 7-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 8, well behind Rudigreen (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
What's For Tea 25-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, pushed along before 6th soon struggling, tailed off, 10th of 11, 47l behind Capellini (11-7) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.