Not much to get excited about here with Ballyman having finished tailed off on a return visit to Plumpton having won there at the start of December. Alldunnandusted's Plumpton conqueror Niceonefrankie has won again since but Seamus Mullins' charge is nought from 12 over fences and GRAND ARTICLE makes more appeal. Admittedly, he was doing his best work at the finish over 2m5f at Warwick last time but that still looks the best form in this. Wosayu looked a tricky ride when last of three at Fontwell and the blinkers are now applied, while Hector's House also looks far from straightforward.
Swainson (USA) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, never a factor, pulled up before last, in a race won by High Oscar (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Piran (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Led 3rd, not fleunt next, headed 6th, led 7th until not fluent 9th, hit 10th, mistake 13th, blundered 14th, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Gorge (10-13) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) gs in Jan.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Alpha Way (11-5) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Dr Anubis (IRE) 100-1 (11-8) Mid-division, jumped right at times, weakened after 4 out, 5th of 10, 34l behind Drom (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Alldunnandusted (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, led after 2nd, hit 4th, headed after 3 out, weakened after next, 2nd of 5, 15l behind Niceonefrankie (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Mac Halen (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, close up when hampered 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, well behind Spot The Ball (10-13) at Southwell 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan.
Que Vivo (FR) 10-3 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st, ridden after 9th, outpaced from next, mistake 11th, soon well behind, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Salut Honore (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Wosayu 7-2 (11-7) With winner until before 4 out, no impression after, last of 3, 21l behind Goring Two (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Grand Article (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Held up behind in touch, blundered 12th, soon outpaced, 6th and under pressure 3 out, stayed on dispute 2nd last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Ballyoliver (11-2) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Hector's House 7-2 (11-2) Held up, pecked 5th, jumped slowly next, headway approaching 7th, soon lost place again, weakened 4 out, last of 5, 34l behind Normally (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Ballyman (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leader until approaching 4th, chased leading pair until 6th, lost place and behind before 9th, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Goring Two (9-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Kinkeel (IRE) 250-1 (11-0) In rear, jumped right and lost touch from 4th, tailed off 9th, last of 6, well behind Sprinter Sacre (11-5) at Newbury 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) gs.
Kap West (FR) 8-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division, headway 2nd, hit 7th and given reminder, no impression 3 out, stayed on same pace to take 3rd before last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Hunt Ball (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Crossguard (USA) 200-1 (10-5) Mid-division, hampered 2nd, mistake 4th, not fluent 6th, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 11, 49l behind Miss Milborne (10-11) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
One And All (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Tracked leader and keen, pushed along after 10th, soon weakened, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Master d'Or (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
A P Ling 150-1 (10-0) Always behind, struggling 6th, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Original Prankster (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jan.