BALBRIGGAN is fancied to defy his penalty and follow up a recent course and distance win as he's probably better suited by fast ground than his three rivals. Little Chip has been found out off higher marks since scoring on his return in September and needs to brush up his jumping but The Musical Guy was making ground when falling on his reappearance at Towcester and doesn't look badly treated on his best form. Tony Dinozzo's form over fences so far leaves much to be desired.
Balbriggan (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Prominent, led 3rd, mistake 11th, headed 4 out, ridden and every chance 2 out, rallied to lead again last, driven out, gamely, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating The Potting Shed (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
The Musical Guy (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Mid-division, fell 12th, in a race won by Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Little Chip (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) In touch, headway 8th, ridden 4 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind Italian Master (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Behind, blundered 2nd, pushed along and struggling before 11th, mistake next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Alpancho (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.