Kozmina Bay will be fancied to follow up last month's victory in a hands and heels race at Uttoxeter but is 7lb higher. Frozen Over could well improve now tackling handicaps but Benny The Swinger boasts better form over fences while Peak Storm has been struggling to get home over hurdles. DON POOLEONI has proved expensive to follow but led until two out in a better race over 2m3f at Warwick last time so the drop back in trip might help. He could be the one to beat if putting his best foot forward.
Don Pooleoni (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Led until 2 out, soon ridden, chased leaders, weakened last, 4th of 14, 12l behind Swinging Hawk (10-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Frozen Over 100-1 (11-0) Towards rear, plugged on same pace from 2 out, never involved, 7th of 22, 37l behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Peak Storm 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, chased leaders after 4 out, hit next, weakened before last, 7th of 10, 11l behind Rolling Dough (9-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Benny The Swinger (IRE) 5-2fav (10-3) Held up, sometimes jumped right, mistake 1st, headway 8th, chased winner before 3 out, no impression, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Miss Tenacious (11-10) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Jaja De Jau 6-1 (10-3) In rear, headway before 2 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 12, 26l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Dude Alert (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led until, headed briefly 2nd, mistake and headed 3rd, soon ridden in 3rd, weakened 5th, tailed off next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Violet Dancer (11-4) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Kozmina Bay 16-1 (10-0) Pressed leader, led after 6th, driven before 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Blake Dean (11-2) by 6l, 10 ran.