Fintan won at Uttoxeter in October but finished last off today's higher mark on his latest start while George Nympton went close on his penultimate outing only to disappoint at Worcester. Captain Paulie ran well at Chepstow before a poor effort at Newbury and a chance is taken that NOZIC proves more consistent. He finished runner-up at Plumpton recently and a similar effort should see him go close. Cranky Corner won at Lingfield on his first start for a new yard and makes more appeal than Marleno.
Fintan 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, took keen hold early, not fluent 1st and 2nd, took closer order 9th, driven 4 out, weakenening when blundered 2 out, last of 4, 29l behind Stormy Weather (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
Unforgettable (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Tracked l eaders in 3rd and keen, headway 4f out to join leader, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 32l behind Cross Of Honour (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Nozic (FR) 17-2 (11-2) Held up mid-division, left 2nd from 9th, led before 2 out, headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Camden (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Christopher Wren (USA) 20-1 (11-8) Behind, not fluent 2nd, some headway after 5th, soon pushed along, weakened approaching 8th, tailed off, 8th of 11, 45l behind Royale's Charter (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
George Nympton (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Mid-division, blundered 6th, not fluent 10th, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 34l behind Golden Chieftain (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Captain Paulie (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, some progress before 4 out, no impression when went left and mistake 2 out, 9th of 13, 17l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Kykate 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, 5th of 6, 15l behind Kruzhlinin (11-2) at Carlisle 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Nov.
Cranky Corner 12-1 (11-0) Mistake 1st, held up in touch, good headway on inside to 3rd on long run to 3 out, soon challenging, led last, driven out to hold on towards finish, won at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Lord Singer (11-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Marleno (GER) 9-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, close up 2 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Bosamcliff (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.