SETTLEDOUTOFCOURT was a winner without a penalty when following a success at Hexham with victory at Newcastle. He consequently has a big hike in the weights to contend with today but scored easily last time and is worth sticking with. Whiskey Ridge scored over a shorter trip here before being brought down when still in contention back at this track last time. He looks sure to figure with a clear round, but Chicago Outfit has disappointed in a couple of outings since winning at Kelso in October.
Forty Crown (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always behind, tailed off when blundered 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind Hi George (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gd.
Settledoutofcourt (IRE) 4-6fav (10-11) Made all, hit 3 out, easily, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating Frank The Slink (11-11) by 14l, 6 ran.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outer, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Herdsman (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Shouldavboughtgold (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) In touch, weakened 4 out, 9th of 13, 24l behind Cyrien Star (10-2) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) With leader, led before 4 out, ridden and fell when narrow leader 3 out, in a race won by Glen Countess (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Chicago Outfit (IRE) 7-2fav (11-11) Prominent, weakened 9th, soon behind, 6th of 8, 25l behind Pistol Basc (10-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Basford Ben 16-1 (11-12) Towards rear, not fluent 5th, mistake 12th, headway next, mistake 4 out, went 3rd before last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 20l behind Five Out Of Five (11-4) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Lord Fox (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Always last, hit 5th, not fluent next, behind from 8th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Potters Cross (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.