Fitandproperjob won over course and distance last month but only beat one home at Catterick subsequently. Carpincho is eased in grade while Full Ov Beans may have been a bit unlucky when bidding for a hat-trick at Fakenham as he'd beaten today's rival I Got Attitude by 29 lengths at the Norfolk track earlier. ROYAL RIVIERA would have gone close at Southwell at the start of the month had he not misjudged the last. He can race off the same mark here and can finally get his head in front over the larger obstacles, though we'd expect Egypt Mill Prince to improve markedly on his run behind Massena here last month.
Carpincho (FR) 11-4 (10-8) Raced keenly, led, headed after 4th, led again after 6th, headed before 3 out, weakened before next, modset 4th, 4th of 5, 36l behind Castle Conflict (11-1) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Royal Riviera 7-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, every chance and blundered last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Farbreaga (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Full Ov Beans 3-1 (9-9) Led, headed 3rd, tracked winner, mistake 8th, 1 length down when slipped on landing 3 out and fell, in a race won by Dashing George (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy, 5 ran.
Egypt Mill Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Led until 5th, led again next, headed after 8th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 8, 28l behind Massena (11-10) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Got Attitude (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, left 2nd at 6th, mistake next, lost 2nd 9th, went 2nd again 12th until 4 out, chased leading pair, outpaced after 2 out, left in poor 2nd at the last, 2nd of 7, 29l behind Full Ov Beans (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Fintan 10-3 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 5th, led 3 out, soon headed, a close 2nd and slightly hampered and fell 2 out, in a race won by Freckle Face (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Fitandproperjob 5-2fav (10-0) In touch in 4th, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 5, 27l behind Proud Times (11-7) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Lord Landen (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Took keen hold chasing leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 6l behind Knightly Escapade (11-2) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std.
Witch's Hat (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) With leader, led narrowly 3rd, headed 4 out, outpaced in 3rd after next, soon no chance with front pair, left modest 2nd last, lost place flat, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Bill The Lad (10-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Killfinnan Castle (IRE) 66-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway when hampered 10th, one pace 2 out, 4th and no impression when not fluent last, 5th of 12, 11l behind Kentford Legend (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th until pushed along 12th, outpaced 3 out, kept on flat, went 3rd post, never any chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Full Ov Beans (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.