Mr Chippy won for the first time under Rules at Ffos Las nine days ago. He may well be capable of better now upped in trip but won't find this easy under a penalty. NELLIEDONETHAT is very capable of going close here off his current mark as he was always struggling to go the pace when pulled up behind Domoly over a shorter distance a month ago. Lucinda Russell's 11-year-old is 14lb better off at the weights now and back over his best trip. Billsgrey should strip fitter for his third over C&D last month and may prove the pick of the remainder as neither Treehouse nor Panthers Run are particularly well handicapped.
Mr Chippy (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Led to 3rd, with leader, led again after 5 out, clear before 2 out, eased flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Jan Jandura (11-12) by 9l, 5 ran.
Mr Woods 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 13th to chase leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 26l behind Outlaw Tom (11-6) at Hexham 4m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Nelliedonethat (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd, lost place approaching 9th, pushed along and reminders before 10th, blundered 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Domoly (10-2) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Domoly (FR) 3-1fav (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 10th, chased winner from 2 out, ridden after last, kept on and just held towards finish, 2nd of 14, nk behind Tanzanite Bay (11-7) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Definite Appeal (IRE) 2-5 (12-4) (cp) led 12; canter, won at Hexham Points 3m ptp gf in May beating Nimbu (12-0) by 7l, 3 ran.
Billsgrey (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, weakened from 10th, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Danny John Boy (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Treehouse 11-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 14th, headway to go 4th before 4 out, went 3rd before last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Quetzal (11-9) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Celian (FR) 17-2 (10-6) Chased leaders, slow 3rd, mistake 5th, soon detatched, pulled up before next, in a race won by I'm The Decider (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in May, 7 ran.
Seeking Power (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along 18th, weakened before 22nd, 5th of 10, 20l behind Outlaw Tom (11-6) at Hexham 4m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Smart Mistress 22-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden approaching 12th, behind 11th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Frontier Boy (11-8) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 10 ran.
Shadow Boxer 10-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, reminders before 7th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 12, 29l behind Sundown Trail (11-3) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Feb.
Panthers Run 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, outpaced approaching 4 out, soon lost place, ridden next, stayed on to go moderate 3rd flat, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Flying Squad (11-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Lindseyfield Lodge (IRE) 22-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside 6th, went 2nd 9th, hit 17th, lost 2nd 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 10, 32l behind Frontier Boy (11-8) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.