Chesapeake appears to have lost his way but LARKS LAD stuck well to his task when runner-up to Helpston in a four-runner race at Fakenham earlier this month. He'll strip fitter here and has plenty of scope for improvement so could take all the beating today though Rossbrin showed he was in good form with a 20-length win at Huntingdon and Night In Milan found only one too good on his chasing bow at Sedgefield. No Principles and Lucky Landing tackle fences for the first time but neither can be ignored and the versatile Kadouchski has already shown enough to suggest he can win a race over the larger obstacles.
Chesapeake (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Soon in touch, mistake 2nd, mistake 9th and dropped to rear, no chance after, 5th of 8, 46l behind Wyck Hill (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f Novice Limited Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd in Nov.
Larks Lad (IRE) 15-8 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, went 2nd post, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Helpston (11-10) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
No Principles 6-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 1st, headway 8th, outpaced approaching 3 out, switched left and rallied approaching last, stayed on, no impression, 6th of 10, 5l behind Frontier Dancer (11-3) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Rossbrin (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) In touch, headway to track leaders 10th, led 15th, clear with 2nd 2 out, ran on, eased near finish, won at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov beating Overnight Fame (11-3) by 20l, 7 ran.
Night In Milan (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Gavroche Gaugain (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Livvy Inn (USA) 17-2 (11-4) Not fluent towards rear, mistake 4th, stumbled 7th, struggling and no chance 5 out, behind and went left 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 41l behind Fred Bojangals (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, outpaced 4th, behind 3 out, headway next, stayed on to go 3rd last, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Vintage Star (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Kadouchski (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leader until 4th, close up, mistake and dropped to 4th at 7th, stayed on again to modest 3rd 4 out, left poor 2nd last, 2nd of 8, 17l behind Loch Ba (11-2) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Flichity (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, led 7th, headed 3 out, soon beaten, went modest 3rd 2 out, jumped left last, 3rd of 4, 38l behind Supreme de Paille (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.