Mentalist should be winning soon off his current mark while Wood Yer arrives off the back of a victory off Warwick, though was all out to get his head in front and is now 5lb higher. CARLI KING won as he liked over 2m4f here two weeks ago and gave every impression he'd be suited by a step up in trip. He looks more than capable of adding to his tally in this higher grade. Young Hurricane stays well but his jumping fell apart at Wincanton last time and Matako hasn't raced over fences since the summer of 2012. Grey Wulff has a lengthy absence to overcome.
Mentalist (FR) 6-4fav (11-10) Close 3rd, not fluent 9th, hit 3 out, outpaced when not fluent and left 5 lengths 2nd 2 out, closed flat, stayed on, always just held, 2nd of 3, 3/4l behind Ringa Bay (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Young Hurricane (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, blundered 6th, dropped rear 8th, tailed off when pulled before 15th, in a race won by Count Guido Deiro (11-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Wood Yer (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Disputed lead, led 7th, jumped slowly and reminder 8th, narrowly headed before 12th, pressed leader, led again 14th, ridden before 2 out, stayed on flat, driven out, won at Warwick 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec beating Roseneath (11-0) by 3l, 4 ran.
Grey Wulff (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up, slightly hampered 1st, headway after 3rd, led 13th, 2 1/2 lengths up when fell 3 out, in a race won by Folie A Deux (10-11) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan '12, 8 ran.
Carli King (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) With leader, ridden before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Thedreamstillalive (10-6) by 10l, 9 ran.
Matako (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Held up in mid-division, good headway on outside approaching 9th, chased leaders travelling well 3 out, led 2 out, clear when stepped at last, driven and edged right flat, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 14, nk behind Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.