Carrickboy looks very high in the weights on what he's achieved over fences and has a long absence to overcome as has the once promising Turbo Island, who makes his debut over fences. Bring On The Judge was always more likely to make a chaser than hurdler but fell on his debut over fences at Towcester. He could be well treated here but Bishops Heir has yet to replicate his promising hurdles form in two starts over the bigger obstacles. Bocciani is better over timber and looked very one-paced at Wetherby on Boxing Day so this should go to MR CHIPPY, a winner over this trip at Ffos Las on his reappearance last month and a very good runner-up over a longer distance a Hexham subsequently.
Carrickboy (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, hampered, stumbled and nearly unseated rider (great recovery) just after 8th, dropped to rear, closed 13th, hit 3 out, weakening when left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Forget It (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Jan.
Bocciani (GER) 6-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 3 out, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Tyrone House (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Turbo Island 8-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, not fluent and behind 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mcmurrough (10-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Apr '10, 13 ran.
Bishops Heir 17-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, left 3rd 6th, lost place 2 out, soon outpaced, weakened before last, 4th of 6, 28l behind Bold Sir Brian (11-0) at Hexham 2m beg chs (5) hvy.
Bring On The Judge (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division in touch until fell 9th, in a race won by Ballyegan (11-6) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs, 12 ran.
Mr Chippy (IRE) 7-4fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 13th, led briefly after 3 out, driven and outpaced before last, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure flat, held on for 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Celian (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy.