LOUGH COI won twice on heavy going around this time last year and is back on an attractive mark having disappointed since finishing second at Uttoxeter in November. This won't take much winning and, with regular rider James Banks taking off a further 5lb, Anthony Middleton's mud-lover gets the nod. Baltic Pathfinder is hard to catch right but has the ability to figure if in the mood and Pindar was third at Catterick a couple of weeks ago, though looks a few pounds too high at present. Debt To Society failed to record a single victory in 26 starts between the flags and under Rules in Ireland and is best watched today on his first run for a new yard.
Mannered 20-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, weakened from 10th, tailed off, 4th of 8, 49l behind Orange Nassau (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Debt To Society (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Chased clear leader, closer in 3rd before halfway, ridden 3 out and no extra in moderate 4th when not fluent next, weakened, 5th of 13, 46l behind King Shabra (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Oct.
Baltic Pathfinder (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, dropped to rear and reminder after 8th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on to take modest 4th after last, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 22l behind King's Grace (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Lough Coi (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Led after 1st, headed next, stayed handy, not fluent 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 8, 27l behind Good Order (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Pindar (GER) 16-1 (10-12) Led until 4th, outpaced 8th, rallied 3 out, stayed on approaching last, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Pistol Basc (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Yukon Delta (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up 5th and last, struggling when left moderate 4th at 12th, continued tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Swatow Typhoon (11-0) at Newcastle 3m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Jim Job Jones 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, lost place next, detatched after 11th, refused 3 out, in a race won by Tony Dinozzo (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 6 ran.
My Friend Riquet (FR) 20-1 (12-0) Hdwy 11; led last; all out, won at Cornwall Hunt Club 3m ptp gs in Dec beating Sutton Storm (12-0) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Over And Above (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up, not fluent 3rd or 9th, last 14th, struggling 4 out, 7th of 8, 36l behind Great Ocean Road (9-9) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.