ROYAUME BLEU bounced back to form with a vengeance at Towcester in December when sent off favourite and making all. He's been upped 9lb but this doesn't look much tougher and Alex Hales' charge can go in again. Pacha D'Oudairies has claims on his latest third at Ffos Las but Local Present remains 10lb higher than when winning at Fakenham in October. Laughing Game is better than his latest start at Ludlow suggests and Whiskey Ridge may finish closer now he has a couple of runs under his belt.
Ballymurry (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, in rear fromo 4th, weakened and reminders before 13th, 5th of 6, 50l behind Ruben Cotter (11-0) at Doncaster 3m 2f nov chs (4) gd.
Fidelor (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Led, not fluent, headed 4th, led when mistake next, headed before 6th, lost place next, well behind 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by The Rockies (11-4) at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 7-2 (11-6) Led, jumped right 4th, headed after 6th, led next, headed after 10th, no extra last, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Tin Pot Man (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Fridaythorpe (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, under pressure when blundered 15th, beaten 4 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Noble Witness (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Keeverfield (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led from 2nd, headed before 4th, chased leaders, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 42l behind Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Royaume Bleu (FR) 7-4fav (11-3) Made all, clear 2 out, easily, won at Towcester 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) sft in Dec beating Kinkeel (10-7) by 46l, 5 ran.
Local Present (IRE) 2-1fav (10-1) Led, headed before 12th, tracked leader, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Wild Geese (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed 10th, outpaced next, jumped right last, left 3rd flat, 3rd of 5, well behind Gorey Lane (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Rudinero (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Prominent, soon chased winner, lost 2nd at 8th, chased leading pair, went 2nd again after 11th, ridden and lost 2nd before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Wild Ground (11-3) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Borderhopper 6-1 (10-1) In rear, struggling 11th, lost touch and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Noble Witness (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Laughing Game 8-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders 9th, went 4th before next, ridden and no impression on leading trio before 4 out, 4th of 8, 33l behind One More Dinar (11-6) at Ludlow 3m hcp ch 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Feeling Peckish (USA) 11-1 (10-2) Pressed leader until 5th, chased leading pair until approaching 6th, weakened 10th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind One More Dinar (11-6) at Ludlow 3m hcp ch 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.