Despite having won a chase in France, Symphonick was far from fluent over the fences at Hereford on his debut for Paul Nicholls and eventually unshipped his rider - he's best watched for now. Mud Monkey has made a promising start to his chasing career and looked like landing a quick double before falling at the last when in the lead at Ludlow. A mistake-free round should see him figure but preference goes to FORGET IT. Gary Moore's gelding had appeared to have lost his way over hurdles before making a winning chase debut at Kempton in November. There should be more to come from the six-year-old over fences and he is taken to follow up. Horsford makes most appeal of the remainder on his chasing debut.
Carrickboy (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, mistake and dropped towards mid-division 4th, chased leaders under pressure when not fluent 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 15, 31l behind Only Vintage (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Chased leader 2nd until 7th, went 2nd again 3 out, led approaching 2 out, headed and bumped at fence, regained lead last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Ballybach (11-0) at Folkestone 2m mdn chs (5) hvy.
Forget It 13-2 (11-12) Held up in 6th, headway to track leader 4 out, challenged next, every chance when hit 2 out, soon ridden, 3 lengths down last, stayed on under pressure to lead flat, won at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating Solitary Palm (10-12) by 1l, 7 ran.
Horsford (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Led, ridden and pressed 3 out, went right and headed next, no chance with winner, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 16, 7l behind Mic's Delight (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Mud Monkey 8-11fav (10-11) Led, hit 13th, headed narrowly before 4 out, regained lead 3 out, 1 lenght up when fell last, in a race won by Holmwood Legend (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Symphonick (FR) 3-1fav (11-2) Held up in rear, mistakes 2nd and 5th, headway 8th, disputing 4th when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Cadoudalas (11-5) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy, 9 ran.
Lady Bling Bling 33-1 (10-12) Prominent, raced keenly, weakened approaching 3 out, 14th of 20, well behind Munlochy Bay (9-11) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Prescelli (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leader, led narrowly 9th until before 4 out, last and struggling after 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Quantitativeeasing (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) hvy, 4 ran.
Speed Bonnie Boat 5-1 (10-12) Held up, pushed along 12th, ridden after 5 out, no impression when went 4th going to next, 4th of 7, 40l behind Carole's Legacy (11-10) at Ffos Las 3m mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gs in Jan '10.