Fred Bojangals is 3lb higher than when successful in this 12 months ago and will struggle to stage a repeat. There's every prospect of Relax adding to his three victories over fences so far, however, while Red Tanber boasts a terrific record over C&D and could go well on his return. The former Paul Nicholls-trained Balding Banker will have learned plenty from his chasing bow at Hexham but LOCKED IN THEPOCKET may prove the pick of the weights. He just failed to overhaul Accordingtoscript over this trip over hurdles at Newcastle two weeks ago and races off a lower mark over fences
Relax (FR) 11-10fav (11-1) Jumped right, led after 1st, bumped rival 2nd, ridden and edged right on bend before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in May beating Only Vintage (11-1) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Red Tanber (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, ridden before 3 out, chased winner before last, kept on and held, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Tiptoeaway (11-0) at Ayr 2m nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Balding Banker (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Chased leaders early, soon dropped into mid-division, outpaced after 2 out, kept on same pace flat, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind No Planning (11-3) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Oct.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, effort 2 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 7, 20l behind Tito Bustillo (11-12) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Oct.
Dica (FR) 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, close up in 3rd when fell 6th, in a race won by Creekside (10-7) at Towcester 2m beg chs (4) gf in Oct, 11 ran.
Blazin White Face (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Prominent early, tracked leaders, not fluent 9th, stumbled 14th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Nodforms Violet (11-5) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep, 8 ran.
Locked Inthepocket (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway approaching 3 out, ridden to take 2nd before last, led flat, kept on, headed final stride, 2nd of 9, shd behind Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
One Fine Morning 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 17l behind Hunters Lodge (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.