Plenty in with a chance in this but Rolling Aces was due to run at Wincanton yesterday while Spirit River has yet to reproduce his form over hurdles since tackling fences. Sizing Santiago and Our Bomber Harris are closely matched on Newbury running while Mister Hyde got back to winning ways at Market Rasen and Brackloon High and Politeo should be winning soon. BUFFALO BOB is the senior runner here and has been below par so far this term. But this is his ground and a sharp 3m should be right up his street - he could go close at generous odds in a competitive contest.
Rolling Aces (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Held up in touch, headway 12th, ridden 3 out, led narrowly between last 2, held on under pressure flat, won at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Merry King (11-10) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Spirit River (FR) 2-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, led next, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind So Fine (11-2) at Kempton 3m beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Our Bomber Harris 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 4 out, chasing leaders when blundered 2 out, kept on well, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Sizing Santiago (10-13) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Brackloon High (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, blundered 8th, headway before 12th, chased leaders before 2 out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft.
Sizing Santiago (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, slow 7th, led 3 out, hard ridden approaching last, stayed on well, won at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov beating Our Bomber Harris (11-7) by 1l, 11 ran.
Mister Hyde (IRE) 11-8fav (11-9) Close up, went 2nd 10th, ridden to challenge from 3 out, driven to lead near finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov beating Midnight Sail (11-12) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Buffalo Bob (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Led or disputed lead to halfway, lost place 12th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Quartz De Thaix (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Politeo (FR) 12-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, hampered 1st, steady headway approaching 12th, led before 2 out, headed approaching last where mistake, weakened flat, 3rd of 9, 11l behind The Rainbow Hunter (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Iona Days (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Always behind, 6th of 11, 22l behind Sizing Santiago (10-13) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.