Inthejungle, Delgany Gunner and She's Humble are all returning from a break and might struggle to keep tabs on the other three, who have all seen action more recently. BALLYMAN is 5lb higher than when beating She's Humble in this 12 months ago but he's been placed in his last three starts, the latter two coming over C&D. Jonathan Geake's 11-year-old is probably the one to beat with Evella becoming increasingly unreliable and Tchang Goon carrying 14lb more than his allotted weight.
Evella (IRE) 13-2 (10-3) Chased leaders, dropped to rear 10th, ridden 13th, soon struggling, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Misstree Dancer (11-10) at Fakenham 3m Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs in Nov, 5 ran.
Inthejungle (IRE) 11-4fav (10-2) Chased leaders, went right 3rd, not fluent 5th, lost place pushed along in 5th before 8th, went 3rd again after 10th, ridden before 3 out, no impression, left modest 4th last, plugged on, 4th of 8, 11l behind General Kutuzov (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Delgany Gunner 5-1 (11-0) Led until after 2nd, stayed prominent, weakened 2 out, 4th of 11, 20l behind Allerford Jack (11-11) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
She's Humble (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leader until before 7th, ridden after 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Petit Ecuyer (11-6) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Apr.
Ballyman (IRE) 9-2 (10-1) Led until mistake 2 out, no impression on winner, held on well for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Bally Gunner (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Tchang Goon (FR) 8-1 (9-9) Held up, mistake 1st, headway 9th, disputing close 3rd when hit 2 out and left 2nd, beaten when hit last, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Thedreamstillalive (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.