After scoring over this trip at Leicester, Open Day looked in need of an even greater test of stamina when runner-up at Cheltenham but that was still a fine effort and he must be on the short-list racing off the same mark. Three White Socks looks high enough in the weights on what he's achieved but Extremely So arrives in very good form having scored easily in heavy ground at Taunton. FLAMING CHARMER hadn't shown much before landing a novices' handicap here last month but, though 7lb higher, can make further progress and complete the double. Waterunder has been disappointing since scoring at Wincanton a year ago but shouldn't be dismissed just yet and Tealissio won a novice hurdle here in November though hasn't quite matched that form subsequently.
Red Inca 14-1 (9-10) Led, headed after 3rd, weakened soon after, last of 16, well behind Local Hero (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Jul.
Three White Socks (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Chased leaders, pushed along 3rd in mid-division, chased leaders 6th, pushed along after 3 out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Fourjacks (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Waterunder (IRE) 4-1fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place after 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 11, well behind Landscape (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Open Day (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway under pressure on outside 2 out, soon chased leaders, switched inside and went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 17, 16l behind Dark Lover (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Dormouse 11-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, pushed along halfway, soon no impression, 8th of 9, 36l behind Ballybriggan (11-10) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Farmer Matt (IRE) 4-1fav (10-11) Towards rear, went remote 4th before 8th, mistake 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Herdsman (10-8) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 7 ran.
Specialagent Alfie 16-1 (11-1) Towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, stayed on strongly to take 4th place towards finish, 4th of 12, 9l behind Karinga Dancer (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Coffee (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Led, headed narrowly 5th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened and behind, 9th of 13, 36l behind Home Run (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 41l behind Loose Chips (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Tealissio 7-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, mistake last, weakened flat, 4th of 12, 13l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Flaming Charmer (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, soon prominent, ridden approaching 2 out, headed last, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan beating Thunder Sheik (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran.
Jonny Delta 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division, not much room on bend after 3rd, headway after 4 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 14, 19l behind Cayman Islands (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Tom O'Tara 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, weakened from next, last of 6, well behind Kealigolane (11-7) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Extremely So 3-1fav (10-4) Mid-division, headway after 5th, led approaching 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan beating Tornado In Milan (11-9) by 11l, 9 ran.
Taroum (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders until weakened quickly 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, 36l behind Brick Red (11-5) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
In The Crowd (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden and weakened before 3 out, hit next, 7th of 12, 23l behind Brick Red (11-5) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.