FOX APPEAL was attempting to give weight to Balder Success' stablemate Valdez at Doncaster so was far from disgraced. The return to a longer trip is very much in his favour and he looks capable of overturning the Warwick winner, who may struggle to get home on the soft ground. Alan King's novice jumps well in the main, however, and is preferred to Dark Lover who has proved difficult to place since winning over 2m at Cheltenham in October. God's Own was well behind the selection on Town Moor and Loose Chips is only a handicapper. Tchang Goon will probably complete in his own time again.
Balder Succes (FR) 6-5fav (11-7) With leader, led 7 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Warwick 2m nov chs G2 (1) hvy beating Brick Red (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Dark Lover (GER) 8-1 (11-10) Mid-division, mistake 8th, outpaced when hampered by loose horse 14th, no chance with leaders, 6th of 11, 33l behind Indian Castle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Fox Appeal (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, blundered 1st, blundered 5 out, lost 2nd place before 4 out, mistake next, kept on from last, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Valdez (11-4) at Doncaster 2m nov chs G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Loose Chips 5-4fav (11-4) Led, not fluent 13th, left clear 3 out until 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Huntingdon 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Jan beating Yesyoucan (11-8) by 8l, 4 ran.
God's Own (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Mistakes, tracked leaders in 3rd, jumped right and weakened from 3 out, 4th of 5, 14l behind Valdez (11-4) at Doncaster 2m nov chs G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Tchang Goon (FR) 200-1 (11-0) In rear, pushed along before 7 out, soon tailed off, last of 5, well behind Balder Succes (11-7) at Warwick 2m nov chs G2 (1) hvy.