Seventh Hussar bids for a course and distance hat-trick and, though this is a lot more competitive than recent starts, the bottom weight can go close again with Josh Moore taking off 3lb. RINGA BAY is back on a winning mark and is another who goes well here. His latest third at Uttoxeter suggests a return to the winner's enclosure could be imminent and he get the vote ahead of Henry King, another who boasts a recent third at Uttoxeter. Mentalist is better than he showed at Kempton last month but Topaze Collonges had stopped quickly in his two runs this term and needs to settle better. Time To Think could improve again this winter and is preferred to hunter chaser Marky Bob and Wychwoods Brook, who fell early on at Ffos Las last month, of the others.
Henry King (IRE) 15-2 (10-9) Led, shaken up and 1 1/2 lengths clear when bad mistake last, headed and not recover, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Renard D'Irlande (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Wychwoods Brook 5-2fav (10-12) Held up, mistake 1st, fell next, in a race won by Super Villan (10-1) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Ringa Bay 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd from 3rd, ridden after 5 out, not fluent 4 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Duke Of Monmouth (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Mentalist (FR) 7-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, raced wide and held up in last pair, headway to track leaders 6th, mistake and reminders 9th, trying to rallly when blundered next, ridden and weakened before 12th, tailed off and pulled up next, in a race won by Giorgio Quercus (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov, 7 ran.
Marky Bob (IRE) 11-4 (11-13) Led, ridden and headed approaching last, stayed on, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Overlut (11-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hts chs (6) gd in Jun.
Nozic (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, not fluent 6th, pushed along and outpaced before 9th, soon lost touch, tailed and pulled up after 10th, in a race won by Beforeall (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Paddy The Stout (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inside to chase leaders 4th, not fluent and weakened 3 out, last of 7, well behind Tealissio (11-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Time To Think 8-1 (10-12) Led until 9th, led after 11th, headed before 5 out, one pace after 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 7, 29l behind Dolatulo (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 11-10fav (11-3) Tracked leader until before 7th, soon last and ridden, well beaten before 3 out, went left last, last of 5, 35l behind Be All Man (11-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Cranky Corner 25-1 (11-12) Held up well in rear, pushed along and flashed tail after 11th, went modest 5th before 4 out until last, last of 6, 37l behind Brody Bleu (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.
Sherreb (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, awkward jump normal 4 out, weakened next, behind and pulled up before last, in a race won by Five Rivers (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Seventh Hussar 1-2fav (11-6) Tracked leader, hit 1st, mistake 4th, led 8th, pressed when left well clear 3 out, not fluent 2 out, hit last, won at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov beating Budsson (10-0) by 35l, 3 ran.