Fog Patches gets marks for consistency but was well beaten off his new mark at Perth last time. Spot The Ball has to go on the short-list on his return, however, as he's still unexposed over fences while Forever My Friend got off the mark at the first time of asking Plumpton two weeks ago and is also open to further progress. BISHOPHILL JACK makes his reappearance but did well last season, facing some stiff tasks after winning at Wetherby and Huntingdon in December. He shouldn't be far away if anywhere near his best. Changing Lanes and Noble Witness look best of the rest ahead of Ffos Las winner Dunkelly Castle.
Noble Witness (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) With leader, led after 2nd, headed 14th, stayed on same pace from 4 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Allerford Jack (11-11) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 10-3fav (11-12) Chased leading trio, mistake 15th, went 3rd approaching 4 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Current Climate (10-13) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Fog Patches (IRE) 15-8fav (11-3) Tracked leader, led approaching 10th headed before next, kept on to go remote 2nd last, 2nd of 4, 29l behind Eyre Apparent (11-1) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Aug.
Spot The Ball (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 8th until approaching next, chased leaders until weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Terfel's Toscar (11-4) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Dunkelly Castle (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, jumped slolwy 1st, not fluent 4th and ridden along, rallied 6th, led before 10th, edged right approaching 2 out, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Aug beating Tin Pot Man (11-7) by 1l, 6 ran.
Changing Lanes 6-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway before 7th, jumped slowly next, mistake 12th, not fluent 4 out, led approaching 2 out, mistake at fence and headed, weakened last, 3rd of 8, 23l behind Nudge And Nurdle (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Pete The Feat (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, lost 3rd at 13th, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 9, 28l behind Rivermouth (10-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Cap Elorn (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Led 3rd until after 5th, led 7th, headed after 9th, mistake 13th, hampered next, outpaced before 4 out, 5th of 12, 8l behind Local Present (10-0) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.
Forever My Friend (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Chased leaders, left close 2nd and hampered 10th, blundered 4 out and next, led narrowly and blundered 2 out, pecked last, kept on well flat, won at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep beating Burnt Again (10-11) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Destined For Fame (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up, never on terms, no impression 4 out, 7th of 12, 19l behind Local Present (10-0) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.