HALLEY was a Grade 1 winner over fences at Auteuil in 2011 but has never fulfilled that potential for Tom George. He was third in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter last month, however, so maybe he's finally starting to acclimatise and he could be the value in this if he's turned the corner. Reblis won over 3m2f here last month and is still fairly treated on his best form while Leg Iron won over this trip at Warwick and is only 4lb higher. Ballybough Gorta is an honest stayer but would prefer a sounder surface, though is still preferred to Monkerty Tunkerty and veteran Mortimers Cross. A P McCoy partners Smokin Aces and he also has decent claims if a Chepstow run over an inadequate trip has blown away a few cobwebs. He was an out-and-out stayer in Ireland a couple of years ago but has had his problems since.
Monkerty Tunkerty 15-2 (11-5) Chased winner, lost 2nd 2 out, soon one pace, kept on again flat to press for modest 3rd, 4th of 8, 7l behind Fine Parchment (11-7) at Sandown 3m (3) gd in Dec.
Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden 8th, headway 12th, hit 5 out, no impression on leaders 2 out, went 4th and stayed on flat, 4th of 22, 7l behind Chance Du Roy (10-6) at Aintree 3m 2f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Dec.
Halley (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Led, joined after 4 out, driven and headed after next, kept on same pace, no extra in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Woodford County (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Smoking Aces (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up behind, struggling 10th, no chance with leaders, 6th of 9, 37l behind Renard (11-10) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Reblis (FR) 7-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, slow 3rd, led 3 out, driven clear after next, stayed on strongly, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec beating Glenwood Prince (10-10) by 10l, 7 ran.
Mortimers Cross 14-1 (11-5) Prominent, led 4 out, headed next, soon ridden and outpaced by leading pair, 4th of 6, 22l behind Goodtoknow (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) In touch in 5th, went 4th before 2 out, chased winner 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Boyfromnowhere (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Leg Iron (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, under pressure 3 out, stayed on strongly after last to lead post, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec beating Orange Nassau (11-6) by ns, 10 ran.
According To Them (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, chased leaders from 6th, travelling well in 3rd 4 out, went 2nd next, stayed on flat to close on all out winner but always held, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Alteranthela (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.