Winter Alchemy could easily play a part on his chasing debut as he is rated 5lb higher over hurdles, though he returns from a lengthy absence. Ifonlyalfie has only found one too good here and at Fakenham while Silent Snow was second over 3m at Uttoxeter last time. BALLYBANKS was second over fences at Newcastle and Southwell prior to a decent run over hurdles at Perth. He's already proved his stamina in the point-to-point field and can get off the mark under Rules today with Tribal Dance, Foot The Bill and Middlebrook all disappointing last time.
Tribal Dance (IRE) 6-5fav (11-6) With leader and bumped 1st, reminders and weakened from 6 out, 4th of 5, well behind Cherokee Star (10-3) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Silent Snow (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden before 2 out, wandered after last, kept on, finished tired, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Cherokee Star (10-3) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Go Get Em Kid (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd(water), ridden and outpaced 4 out, last of 5, 22l behind The Laodicean (12-0) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Winter Alchemy (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Prominent, pushed along 5th, led approaching 2 out, headed close home, 2nd of 9, ns behind Lost Glory (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Oct.
Foot The Bill 7-1 (10-11) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, pushed along 8th, behind when jumped left 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, well behind Airmen's Friend (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Rhythm Seeker 18-1 (10-6) Led until 2nd, led next, headed 9th, led again 10th, mistake 12th, headed next, soon led again, headed before 4 out, weakened going to 3 out, 5th of 7, 30l behind Timetoring (9-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Ballybanks (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Led, hit 3 out, headed before 2 out, carried left betwen last 2, 3rd and not fluent last, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Navy List (11-5) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Ifonlyalfie 4-1 (10-2) In touch, headway to track leaders 10th, chased leader 13th, pressed leader 2 out, soon led, pressed last, headed final strides, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Tin Pot Man (10-13) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May.
Middlebrook (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 8th, mistake 9th, one pace from 3 out, weakened last, 5th of 11, 12l behind Riskier (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Secret Desert 12-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, 8th of 14, 28l behind Arisea (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
The Mighty Mod (USA) 80-1 (10-5) Held up in 5th, mistake 6th, lost touch approaching 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Maoi Chinn Tire (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f nov chs (4) gd.