Flying Squad is a couple of pounds out of the handicap but that should prove no problem for the in-form seven-year-old, who was having only his third start over fences when scoring comfortably over this trip at Fakenham on New Year's Day. But another lightweight, BALLYEGAN, made the gambled-on Sultan Fontenaille pull out all the stops at Taunton recently and this winning point-to-pointer is progressing well enough to go one better. Camden George has dropped to a very lowly mark and can get involved but Mohi Rahrere is up 10lb for his victory at Uttoxeter in October and will find this tougher. Andrew Nick needs a thorough test of stamina and has an absence to overcome while Afistfullofpebbles looked badly in need of the run when pulling up a couple of weeks ago at Ffos Las and the handicapper may have him in his grip, a remark that also applies to Vodka Brook.
Vodka Brook (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden 9f out, weakened 7f out, 11th of 14, 39l behind Recession Proof (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Kilbeggan Blade 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, pushed along 8th, behind from 11th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Summery Justice (11-9) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Kawagino (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Held up towrds rear, blundered 13th, soon no impression, 5th of 14, 36l behind Minella Boys (11-4) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Afistfullofpebbles 9-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along 13th, soon behind, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Royal Tune (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Leac An Scail (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, fell 4th, in a race won by Bellflower Boy (11-3) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec, 12 ran.
Andrew Nick (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, driven in 3rd after 14th, rallied to close down on leader approaching last, led flat, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jun beating Winchester Red (11-11) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Wheels Up (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 10th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 12, 39l behind Royal Tune (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Mohi Rahrere (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, hampered 3rd, headway 8th, went 2nd next, led 2 out, edged right approaching last, all out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Oct beating In The Zone (11-8) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Camden George (IRE) 11-4fav (10-7) Pressed winner, not fluent 9th or 18th, ridden after 2 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Belon Gale (11-12) at Hexham 4m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Ballyegan (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Behind, good headway 12th, chased leaders 4 out, 2nd bypassing ommited 3 out, challenged and hit last, rider dropped whip flat, pushed along and rallied to 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Sultan Fontenaille (11-9) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Flying Squad (UAE) 5-2fav (11-0) Held up in rear but in touch, headway 12th, chased leaders 3 out, led after next, stayed on strongly, won at Fakenham 2m 5f Am hcp ch 0-100 (4) sft beating Oponce (10-1) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.