KING MASSINI took to fences like a duck to water over 3m here last week. The drop in distance is a slight worry but his attacking style is suited by this track and, with Conor Ring's claim wiping out his penalty, he can go in again. Spoil Me has won a bumper but couldn't conjure a victory in nine tries over hurdles. He might do better now tackling the larger obstacles while the form of Ian Williams' yard suggests the returning Bobcatbilly is worth a second look. Bin End won four times over hurdles but has rather lost his way lately and the five-year-old Ultimatum Du Roy looks a better long-term prospect.
King Massini (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Made all, pressed when left clear 4 out, kept on well, won at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Flemi Two Toes (10-10) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Ultimatum Du Roy (FR) (11-4) 5th of 9, 4l behind Uppercut D'albain (11-2) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f gs in Sep.
Book'em Danno (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, led until before 3rd, blundered 5th, lost place 9th, well beaten 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Sergeant Dick (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov, 8 ran.
Bin End 20-1 (10-10) Keen, tracked leader, effort 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Belle De Fontenay (10-0) at Huntingdon 2m clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 7th of 15, 8l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec '12.
Spoil Me (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, no extra flat, 5th of 11, 11l behind Moscow Me (10-8) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Freckle Face 50-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, went 3rd at 9th until before and mistake 4 out, regained 3rd from last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 25l behind Princely Player (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Macra Na Feirme (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Last pair, never a factor, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Brave Buck (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct.
Dont Call Me Oscar (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Jumped left, prominent, mistake and lost place 1st, mistake next, soon pushed along, 7th and well held when slipped badly after 2 out, 6th of 12, 33l behind Massena (11-6) at Wincanton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.