Fergal O'Brien has his team firing on all cylinders and his WELL METT is fancied to gone one better than at Uttoxeter under Timmy Murphy, despite a 4lb higher mark. Local Present is only a pound higher than when winning over fences at Worcester but his record over the smaller obstacles is pretty abysmal while The Wee Midget could only manage a fifth at Newton Abbot after winning at Bangor and is 2lb higher now. Raifteiri was third at Uttoxeter last time but still beaten 38 lengths and is very modest and Monty's Revenge never seems to run two races alike.
The Wee Midget 6-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd after 6th, went 2nd 3 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, no extra before last, 5th of 14, 9l behind On The Bridge (12-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Well Mett (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway when hit 5th, went 3rd last, stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, not able to challenge winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind On Alert (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Monty's Revenge (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear, ridden 6th, well behind after 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Midnight Gold (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Sea Cadet 20-1 (11-6) Held up, not fluent 5th, lost touch before 7th, pulled up after 11th, in a race won by Double Chocolate (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun, 7 ran.
Future Dominion 66-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, weakened after 7th, 8th of 15, well behind Boyfromnowhere (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Sep.
Tanjung Agas (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, soon ridden along, lost place 6th, behind next, soon pulled up, in a race won by On Alert (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Moulin Tour (FR) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, led approaching 10th, soon headed, weakened after 14th, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Le Seychellois (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.
Raifteiri (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 3rd, 3rd and beaten when not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 11, 38l behind My Mate Vinnie (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Local Present (IRE) Evensfav (10-0) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 10th, pushed along thereafter, bumped 13th, switched left when close 3rd after last, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep beating Gunner Rose (11-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Overlay 6-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway on inside after 6th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, 48l behind Jewellery (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gd in Sep.
Drombeg Pride (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Held in rear and raced wide, weakened after 3 out, last of 6, well behind Always Bold (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.