Course winner Timpo returns from a break but Pensnett Bay bounced back to form at Uttoxeter last month and is another with winning form at the track. NODEBATEABOUTIT has take really well to fences, however, and put in another slick round of jumping when scoring at Lingfield. He's the type to continue on an upward curve and a hat-trick beckons, though Rebel Swing's connections will fancy their charge to reverse Wetherby running with the selection on 11lb better terms. Fennis Boy and Downward Spiral looks exposed but How's My Friend may have benefited from a short break and could make the frame.
Fennis Boy (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Led until not fluent 6th, led again after next, bad mistake and headed 12th, left 3rd when hampered 14th, blundered 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Brackloon High (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.
Downward Spiral (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Led until after 7th, mistake 9th, led approaching 11th until next, soon ridden, weakened approaching 4 out, last of 4, well behind Pacha Du Polder (11-3) at Warwick 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Jan.
There And Then 7-1 (11-12) Held up, not fluent 4th, jumped right and pecked 8th, remote 4th before 10th, left 3rd approaching 2 out, pressed for 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 7, well behind Marodima (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Tippering (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) In touch, joined leader 4th, mistake and reminder 7th, lost place 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Reindeer Dippin (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Nodebateaboutit 6-4fav (11-5) Jumped well and always going well, made all, drew clear from 3 out, easily, won at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Ballyegan (11-9) by 6l, 4 ran.
Robobar (FR) (10-10) 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Ruphery Borget (10-10) at Angers(FR) 2m 5f chs sft in Dec '10.
How's My Friend 16-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, outpaced 5 out, never on terms, last of 6, 33l behind Loose Preformer (10-9) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Dec.
Rif (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Whipped round start and reluctant to race, always well behind, tailed off 10th, pulled up after, in a race won by Brackloon High (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Master Alfredo 150-1 (11-0) Tended to jump left, held up in rear, tailed off 12th, left modest 5th 2 out, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 40l behind Duke Of Lucca (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f beg chs (4) gs in Dec.
Rebel Swing 17-2 (10-8) Led, soon clear, ridden 3 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Nodebateaboutit (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Timpo (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Led 2nd, headed 11th, led again 13th, driven out, won at Towcester 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov beating Overton Lad (10-2) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Pensnett Bay 3-1fav (11-4) Made all, clear 2nd, not fluent 9th, 6 lengths ahead 3 out, hit next, edged right flat, all out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Royaume Bleu (10-9) by 1l, 8 ran.