LISTEN BOY, already a winner between the flags, has been taking on decent opposition in his two runs to date over fences. He wasn't disgraced in either and a clear round here should see him open his account under Rules. Night Force was placed at Cartmel and Wetherby last year but returns following a lay-off and would undoubtedly prefer a quicker surface. The four-year-old Uno D'estruval won at Nancy in May for Guillaume Macaire but the merit of that form is questionable and he has his first run here for Sarah Humphrey and tries a new trip.
Dramatic Victory (IRE) 250-1 (10-11) Tailed off after 3rd, last of 11, well behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Listen Boy (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Mid-division, in touch 6th, every chance 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression from next, 4th of 15, 11l behind Rolling Aces (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Night Force 66-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway before 11th, joined leaders 5 out, ridden to lead 4 out, kept on from last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Helpston (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gd in Oct '11.
Tough Cookie (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Led til fell 14, in a race won by I'llhavealook (12-0) at Clifton-on-dunsmore 3m ptp gs in Apr, 8 ran.
Uno D'estruval (FR) (10-12) 3rd of 8, 5l behind Shanon Du Berlais (9-13) at Bordeaux-le Bouscat(FR) 2m 2f chs hvy in Nov.
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Mid-division, when fell 1st, in a race won by Hildisvini (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Nov, 10 ran.