King Massini just lost out at Ludlow under his penalty yesterday but it will be a surprise if he's turned out again quickly here under a big weight. Fast going clearly don't bother SMART CATCH over course and distance last month and he's only 3lb higher today. Tony Carroll's charge can complete a quick double ahead of Huntingdon runner-up Riddlestown, who was still beaten more than 20 lengths. Ifyousayso became rather disappointing over hurdles last season after winning at Carlisle but still has time on his side while it will be interesting to see how West End copes with the larger obstacles.
King Massini (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Made all, pressed when left clear 4 out, kept on well, won at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Flemi Two Toes (10-10) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Minellaforlunch (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling after 3 out, never on terms, 12th of 15, 42l behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Ifyousayso (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) In rear, mistake 6th, raced wide and headway from 7 out, soon went 2nd, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 49l behind Herdsman (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Riddlestown (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) In touch, headway to 3rd at 13th, chased clear winner 3 out, plugged on, 2nd of 7, 26l behind Suburban Bay (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Caspian Piper (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) (bl) ap; one pce 3 out, 3rd of 15, 11l behind Master Workman (12-0) at Berk & Bucks and Staff College & 3m ptp gf in May.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Close up until jumped slow and soon lost place early, pushed along 5 out, never a factor, last of 5, 21l behind Susquehanna River (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
West End (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, went 2nd after 2nd, ridden and weakening when mistake 2 out, 5th of 9, 22l behind Irish Cavalier (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) sft in Oct.
Smart Catch (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Jumped left, held up in last, closed 4 out, switched left and went 2nd 2 out, led last, driven flat, held on, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Nov beating Nom de Guerre (11-12) by nk, 5 ran.
Barton Gift 7-2 (11-1) Keen tracked leaders until 13th, lost place 15th, weakened 17th, 5th of 7, 44l behind Suburban Bay (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Original Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) In touch, outpaced before 7th, no impression after, mistake 3 out, 6th of 17, 18l behind Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.