Minella For Party has won between the flags so the switch to fences is likely to suit the top weight. But preference is for SWINCOMBE STONE, who should also leave his hurdles form behind now switching to the larger obstacles. He's a half-brother to chaser Swincombe Rock and will have been well schooled. Beforeall won over hurdles at Bangor in the spring and is another interesting recruit while Chicklemix should have benefited from her fourth here last month and makes more appeal than stablemate Arkaim. Goodtoknow has a bit to prove on his reappearance but probably still has more scope than the exposed Fearless Leader.
Minella For Party (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, headway 3 out, chased leading pair next, ridden and stayed on to press for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Grey Missile (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Chicklemix 22-1 (10-10) In rear, went remote 4th before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 36l behind Claret Cloak (11-3) at Towcester 2m nov chs (4) gf in Oct.
Swincombe Stone 10-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, went modest 2nd after 3 out until next, no extra in 3rd, 3rd of 9, well behind Up To Something (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Fearless Leader 50-1 (10-5) In rear, not fluent and reminder 4th, modest progress 3 out, well beaten from next, 5th of 10, 46l behind Midnight Prayer (11-3) at Stratford 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Prominent, lost place before 2nd, slipped on bend before 5th, ridden and struggling 5th, behind next, 10th of 13, well behind Letemgo (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Brassbound (USA) 20-1 (11-11) Mid-division, struggling from 4th, 8th of 11, 20l behind My Lord (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Goodtoknow 7-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, some headway into mid-division 6th, pushed along before next, soon beaten, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Taigan (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May, 12 ran.
Beforeall (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Made all, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Feast Of Fire (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Arkaim 11-2 (11-0) Held up, headway 3rd, soon with leader, led 4th, headed after 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 20l behind Fitandproperjob (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Gizzit (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up, modest 4th after 6th, one pace from 5 out, no impression, 4th of 7, 9l behind Take Of Shoc's (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Tyrur Ted 66-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 16, 14l behind Ivebeenthinking (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.