BELLE DE FONTENAY has won twice over hurdles and should handle the Polytrack. With her mares' allowance, she is fancied to get the better of No No Charlie who won a Fontwell bumper in May and was taking on a very smart novice in Taquin Du Seiul on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter in October. High Samana has the past form to figure but lacks a recent run and Dollar Bill didn't show much on the Flat before winning a maiden hurdle on very soft ground at Folkestone in November. Ex-pointer Beforeall may need further but was only beaten half-a-length in a bumper at Fontwell in November.
Beforeall (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden before last, weakened last, went modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Minella For Steak (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Border Station (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Towards rear, brought down 1st, in a race won by Newton Tonic (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Cunning Plan (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) In touch, not on terms with leading quartet 5th, struggling when mistake 4 out, left moderate 4th after next, hit 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Teenage Kicks (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun '11.
High Ball Roller 150-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened 4 out, tailed off 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Dawn Twister (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
High Samana 9-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway when hampered 5th, went 2nd briefly after 3 out, outpaced by leaders and no impression from 2 out, lost 3rd post, 4th of 11, 13l behind Zama Zama (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Jim Job Jones 50-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, tailed off approaching 3 out, last of 12, 44l behind Rimini (11-12) at Plumpton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in Oct '10.
No No Charlie (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, ridden approaching 2 out, no impression when jumped right and not fluent last, 2nd of 10, 15l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Staigue Fort 20-1 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 2nd, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Close Touch (10-12) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Tothemoonandback (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, pushed along after next, driven and edged right before 2 out, chased leaders approaching last, stayed on run in, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 13, 4l behind De La Bech (11-12) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Made all, ridden 3 out, pressed last, driven and all out, won at Huntingdon 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Synthe Davis (11-9) by hd, 6 ran.
Racey Lacey 12-1 (10-10) Towards rear, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, well behind Swincombe Flame (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec '11.
Shantou Breeze (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led 5th, ridden not fluent and headed 3 out, lost 2nd before next, soon weakened quickly, pulled up before last, in a race won by Too Generous (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Dollar Bill 10-3 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden and left when hampered last, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 10, 19l behind Captain Cardington (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Imperial Elegance 9-2 (10-9) Prominent, not fluent, mistake and weakened 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Pass The Time (10-12) at Fakenham 2m Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (3yo) (3) gs in Oct.