The youngster PRESENTING JUNIOR has been raised 9lb for his latest battling success and it's possible the assessor may just have got to him but the opposition is mainly out of sorts so a hat-trick beckons. Almond Court has the form to win this though potential punters would need to forgive a very poor effort at Hexham last time. Solway Dornal is consistent but rarely wins while it's a long time since Irish raider Mr Duffy showed any worthwhile form though he wouldn't be coming here for nothing. Chicago Outfit has never won a race of any description and Shooting Times ran a shocker when favourite at Perth last time.
Winter Alchemy (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Tracked leader until before 6th, ridden next, weakened 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Coronea Lilly (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug, 5 ran.
Chicago Outfit (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) Prominent, jumped right 1st, not fluent 12th, hit 13th, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, went 2nd before last, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Amuse Me (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Sep.
Knight Woodsman 6-1 (11-0) Held up, outpaced 12th, went modest 5th before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 32l behind Kilvergan Boy (10-0) at Perth 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Shooting Times 9-4fav (10-10) Off the pace in 6th and never travelling, mistake 4th, pushed along and struggling before next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Duneen Point (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Jul, 8 ran.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, went 2nd from 3 out, closed on bend turning for home, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug beating Oh Right (10-4) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Mr Duffy (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Lash It On (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 gd in Sep, 14 ran.
Almond Court (IRE) 7-2fav (10-7) Led, mistake 7th, headed 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Auberge (11-1) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Solway Dornal 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, stumbled 14th, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, 4th of 8, 25l behind Kilvergan Boy (10-0) at Perth 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Western Bound (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, went 3rd before last, no impression on leaders, dropped to 4th flat, 4th of 12, 31l behind Pete (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Snooze N You Lose 100-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, reminders before 9th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Polarbrook (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Jul.