More than half of this field will be carrying more than their allotted weight, which doesn't say much as none of those carrying more than the minimum are exactly prolific. Bob Will won in the autumn but his form has regressed since while In The Haven may not have achieved much when scraping home at Cartmel. Strobe has gone right off the boil but Attycran keeps making the frame, though is still a maiden after 23 career starts. BAFANA CHOICE would have been placed in a novice chase over course and distance last time had he not been hampered. He must have more scope than these and receives the token vote with Denis O'Regan doing the steering.
Attycran (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, chased winner after 5 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 10, 23l behind Whiskey Ridge (9-13) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May.
Bafana Choice 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, outpaced when hit 4 out, left moderate 2nd when hampered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Bygones Of Brid (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf, 8 ran.
In The Haven (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Led until after 1st, tracked leader, led again after 5th, hung right final 100 yards, held on, won at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chase (4) sft in May beating Ubaltique (11-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Against The Wind 10-1 (11-8) With leader until stumbled badly and lost place 3rd, outpaced 6th, well beaten 2 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Sergeant Pink (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in May.
Strobe 18-1 (10-4) Led to 1st, tracked leader, lost place 7th, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, last of 7, well behind Sleep In First (11-12) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Bob Will (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, ridden after 4 out, went 3rd before last, one pace, 7th of 17, 45l behind Granwood (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Behind, headway on outside 16th, soon chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression with leaders, 4th of 12, 24l behind Almond Court (9-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.
Chernik (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) In touch on outside, went 2nd at 14th, driven 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 12, 18l behind Almond Court (9-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.
Over And Above (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Chased leader until 12th, chased leading pair, mistake 13th, lost 3rd before 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 12, 30l behind Borolee (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Sycho Fred (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 12th, lost 2nd before 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 12, 23l behind Borolee (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Craicneasy (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) In rear, reminders after 4th, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 26l behind Endeavor (11-0) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Tiger Billy (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) (bl) held up; missed marker aft 8; rtrcd, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Alfoisin (11-0) at South Durham 3m ptp gd.
Dodge The Bullet 25-1 (9-7) Held up, mistake 4th, headway after 5th, hampered and lost place next, jumped slowly 7th, well beaten 2 out, 6th of 8, 46l behind Suprise Vendor (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Miss Sunflower 66-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, well behind Auberge (10-12) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.