Savant Bleu was only beaten half-a-length on his chasing bow at Ludlow and would have been placed at Bangor next time had he not fallen at the last. Kim Bailey's charge must go on the short-list in this but we'll take a chance on the fitness of CAMINERO. Jamie Snowden's five-year-old was just about the equal of Savant Bleu over hurdles and has already won over fences between the flags. Shockingtimes is another winning pointer who should be suited by the switch to fences and he could be best of the rest, though Jayandbee finished a long way in front of Arctic Watch over hurdles here on his reappearance.
Arctic Watch 20-1 (11-2) Behind most of way, never on terms, 8th of 15, 38l behind Stars Du Granits (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Caminero (IRE) 4-1fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 7th, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Sohappyharry (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Cardinal Rose 20-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, mistake and ridden 5th, soon strugging, tailed off, hit last, 6th of 10, 40l behind Giveitachance (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Jayandbee (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Midivision, ridden and plugged on to modest 4th approaching 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 15, 20l behind Stars Du Granits (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Savant Bleu (FR) 11-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd and 3rd, went 3rd after 3 out, 2 1/2 lengths off front pair when fell last, in a race won by Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct, 15 ran.
Shockingtimes (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, pushed along 7th, weakened next, 7th of 10, 37l behind Ivor's King (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Mabel Tasman 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, weakened 2 out, 9th of 10, 31l behind Florafern (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.