George Nympton is only a couple of pounds higher than when successful over 2m here last season but this trip looks too short for Balinroab while Forest Walker has a penalty to carry after winning at Uttoxeter last week, though that was his handicap debut. THE POTTING SHED would have won at Worcester far more easily had he not strayed off a straight line and then idled after the last. There should be plenty more to come from Emma Lavelle's novice and he still looks well treated. Ballywatt and Trooper Clarence continue to frustrate.
Forest Walker (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Tracked leading trio, not fluent 10th, led 4 out, clear next, heavily eased flat, very easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft beating Lough Coi (10-6) by 7l, 7 ran.
Ballywatt (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, mistake 9th, led 2 out, headed last, no extra, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Cardigan Island (10-6) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
George Nympton (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped left 3rd, ridden when mistake and lost place 8th, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 14l behind Christopher Wren (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Balinroab (IRE) 9-4 (11-11) Led until mistake 1st, prominent, not fluent 14th and soon pushed along, challenged 2 out, switched left after last, cajoled into lead flat, driven out, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Baily Storm (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
The Potting Shed (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Made virtually all, ridden after last, stayed on well, drew away inside final 100 yards, won at Worcester 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct beating Tough Talkin Man (11-0) by 6l, 8 ran.
Trooper Clarence 10-3 (11-12) Set modest pace, headed 4 out, switched right after 2 out, one pace and no impression from last, last of 4, 3 1/2l behind Cruise In Style (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd soon after 3 out, no chance with winner, dropped to 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Listen And Learn (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) In touch, pushed along before 5 out, weakened before next, 11th of 14, 37l behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.