Dormouse beat today's rival Notarfbad at Taunton before going very close again at Lingfield last time. He's up another 5lb for that but Red Riverman has every chance back in handicap company after a couple of starts in Graded hurdles. ABLE DEPUTY was only headed close home by subsequent winner Tanerko Emery in testing ground at Sandown earlier this month. A repeat may be good enough to land this with a conditional's 7lb claim further helping his cause. Dizzy River is not without claims dropping back in trip and Ballybriggan is worth noting on his first start since May 2011.
Pertemps Networks 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, behind when fell last, in a race won by Tartak (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr '09, 8 ran.
Able Deputy 9-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before and hit and led last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Ballybriggan (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 22, 22l behind Eradicate (11-5) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in May '11.
Dormouse 3-1fav (11-8) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, challenged next, soon led, ridden when hard pressed flat, kept on until headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Seedsman (11-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Red Riverman 100-1 (11-0) Held up in last trio, chased leaders briefly before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Zarkandar (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hdl G2 (1) hvy.
Seventh Sky (GER) 9-2 (10-12) Raced on inside, led until 2nd, chaseed winner, led briefly again after 6th, ridden and lost 2nd before 3 out, no chance with leading duo, lost 3rd last, weakened, 5th of 10, 22l behind One Term (10-12) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Notarfbad (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, held up in rear, smooth headway to 3rd before 2 out, hung right and weakened flat, 4th of 11, 4l behind Quaddick Lake (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Dizzy River (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) In touch, pushed along before 2 out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Markadam (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Swiss Art (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, fell 5th, in a race won by San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 13 ran.