SWATOW TYPHOON is rated much higher over hurdles than today's rivals and made a promising start to chasing with a third at Bangor to the progressive Mendip Express. Donald McCain's charge is fancied to open his account over fences in this. Maiden hurdle winner, Ballyben, is related to winning chasers and may prove too good for War On on his first start over fences. The latter was still beaten a long way when third over 2m4f here last time while the remaining pair look up against it on the little they've shown so far.
Ballyben (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, chased winner from last, kept on well, always well held, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Rattlin (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Swatow Typhoon (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly throughout, mistake 3rd, ridden halfway, soon struggling, stayed on after 2 out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Mendip Express (11-4) at Bangor 3m nov chs (3) sft in Nov.
War On (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th and in rear, pushed along before 8th, soon outpaced, kept on to snatch 3rd place near finish, 3rd of 4, 15l behind Yesyoucan (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Yukon Delta (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, chased leaders next, weakened 8th, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Harrys Whim 6-1 (9-9) Led to after 1st, tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 10, 41l behind Stitched In Time (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.