Pingaro De La Vire won over C&D last month but made mistakes when well behind Ballyegan and Quapriland at Exeter next time and will struggle to reverse that form today. Safe Investment ran Spot The Ball to a neck over C&D on his latest start but is 5lb higher today, while Wincanton fourth Pacha D'Oudaires has squandered easier chances in the past. SMOKEY GEORGE ran a lot better than the final result suggests over 2m4f here last month, only giving best approaching the last. As that was his first try over fences, he's open to plenty of improvement and isn't badly treated on his hurdles form.
Try Catch Me (IRE) 150-1 (10-11) Pressed leader, lost place after 4 out, soon outpaced, left 3rd next, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Real Treasure (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f beg chs (4) sft.
Bring On The Judge (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Held up in touch, headway after 5 out, disputing 2nd when blundered 4 out, weakened 3 out, 7th of 13, 45l behind Master Overseer (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Pingaro De La Vire (FR) 4-1 (11-3) Raced widest of all in mid-division, good headway to press leaders 11th, outpaced in 4th when hit 4 out, soon no extra, 6th of 11, 32l behind Sarika (11-5) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Smokey George 12-1 (11-6) Hampered 1st, in touch, mistake 7th, hit 5 out, led before 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra flat, 6th of 13, 18l behind Valley View (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Ballyegan (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 10th, chased winner 12th until approaching 4 out, stayed in well held 3rd, no impression when went right last, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Sarika (11-5) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Off the pace in 5th, slightly hampered 11th, stayed on from 4 out, went 4th and mistake 2 out, kept on from last, 4th of 11, 19l behind Mylord Collonges (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Safe Investment (USA) 13-2 (11-9) Raced keenly, held up in rear in touch, headway 11th, challenged 4 out, led before next, driven approaching 2 out, ridden and hard pressed flat, headed final stride, 2nd of 7, nk behind Spot The Ball (10-7) at Towcester 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Nov.
Ballyvoneen (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Led, blundered and headed 7th, chased leaders, under pressure when hit 4 out, weakened before next, 7th of 14, 48l behind Rose Of The Moon (10-7) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Musical Wedge 5-1 (11-9) Took keen hold, towards rear when unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Glebehall Bay (11-11) at Hereford 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Quapriland (FR) 28-1 (10-7) Jumped right, towards rear, some headway when went left 14th, keeping on when went badly right last 4, went modest 4th flat, 4th of 11, 23l behind Sarika (11-5) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Grand Article (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Held up in last pair, took keen hold, jumped slowly 1st, mistake 6th, headway after 4 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, hung left flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Bertenbar (11-10) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Roman Landing 100-1 (10-0) Led, headed 10th, chased leader, led again 12th until next, losing place when hit 14th, blundered next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Glebehall Bay (11-11) at Hereford 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 11 ran.