LITTLE CHIP didn't show a great deal on his debut over fences under Rules but he's presumably capable of better as he has been placed between the flags. The first of three Charlie Longsdon runners to have made the long trip up from Lambourn, he might be well treated in a race featuring a number of disappointing types and could reverse Bangor running with Almutaham. Sparkling Tara has been expensive to follow over fences and was a beaten favourite again at Wetherby earlier this month while Copper's Gold was tailed off on his reappearance at Newcastle. Alpha One is 3lb lower than when third here in May but hasn't been seen since.
Jurisdiction 50-1 (11-4) In touch, went left and mistake 5th, reminder 7th, struggling 11th, tailed off 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by African Broadway (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Alpha One (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and went 3rd before last, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Peachey Moment (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Little Chip (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Mid-division, blundered badly 9th, struggling next, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct.
Sparkling Tara 10-3fav (11-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 11th and lost place, blundered and pecked badly 13th, weakened after 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 44l behind Roi De Garde (10-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Copper's Gold (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Disputed leads to 5th, tracked winner, lost place 12th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Bob Will (9-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Almutaham (USA) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 1st, struggling after 6th, jumped left 11th, plodded on from 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct.