The mare Synthe Davis rarely runs a bad race but is probably a few pounds too high at present. Foundation Man was only beaten a nose at Uttoxeter last month but is 7lb higher now while Upton Mead was raised the same amount after winning a low-key affair at Plumpton. LEMON'S GENT hasn't been seen since winning by four lengths at Uttoxeter in May but that was only his fourth start over fences and there should be more to come this season. He may just be good enough to make a winning return to action with none of the remainder arriving in top form.
Synthe Davis (FR) 6-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, went 3rd before 3 out, outpaced from 2 out, stayed on from last, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Dorset Naga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Violets Boy (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, struggling in 6th before 4 out, never involved, 6th of 9, 21l behind Standing Ovation (10-0) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Oct.
Foundation Man (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) With leader, ridden before 4 out, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, every chance and bumped run-in, just held last strides, 2nd of 14, ns behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Points of View 9-1 (11-9) Held up behind, reminders after 4th, struggling 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Little Chip (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Lemon's Gent 13-2 (11-9) Led, clear 3 out, hit 2 out, 3 1/2 lengths ahead last, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Smooth Classic (12-2) by 4l, 13 ran.
Porters War (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along in 5th before 4 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Firm Order (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Upton Mead (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, led before 3 out, headed after 3 out, ridden to lead again between last 2, clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct beating Doheny Bar (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 8, 23l behind Dorset Naga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.