OWNER OCCUPIER is slowly coming down the weights and, though still beaten 18 lengths at Fontwell last month, should go close in this even weaker contest. Goring Two rates a danger on his comeback third at Lingfield and Lajidaal should strip fitter for his third at Folkestone, though needs to brush up his jumping. Course specialist She's Humble may be starting to feel her age, however, and Pindar was tailed off on his fencing bow at Huntingdon though would have claims if translating his hurdles form to the larger obstacles.
Lajidaal (USA) 9-1 (11-9) Held up last, outpaced 7th, rallied to chase leaders 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out until last, one pace flat, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Quapriland (10-11) at Folkestone 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec.
Goring Two (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Raced keenly, chased leading pair, hit 3rd, went 2nd 8th, led travelling well on long run to 2 out, headed and no extra flat, weakened to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Ringa Bay (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
She's Humble (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off before 4 out, 7th of 10, well behind Newton Tonic (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Owner Occupier 8-1 (11-2) Behind, headway left 3rd and hampered 3rd, 2nd after 5th, led after 4 out, soon clear, reduced lead next, headed before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 18l behind Join The Navy (9-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Brannoc (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 5th of 10, 22l behind Smokey George (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Pindar (GER) 66-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, outpaced by leading pair from 4 out, 4th of 6, 43l behind Elenika (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m beg chs (3) sft in Nov.
Upton Mead (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 9th, behind 12th, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Amuse Me (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.