The progressive KARAZHAN followed-up his bumper win with a victory over timber at Ludlow in November. Nicky Henderson's charge gets the vote to continue winning ways in this at the chief expense of Pientre Ster. The latter was beaten only a length in a similar event at Lingfield before disappointing at Kempton on Friday while Sin Bin has every chance on his rating over hurdles if transferring that form to the all-weather. Amber Cloud is a bumper winner at Fontwell and could go well along with Rum And Butter.
Basford Ben 28-1 (10-12) Mistake 1st, chased leaders to before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 42l behind King Of The Wolds (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Glassawine 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, struggling 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Renoyr (11-1) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Inch Manor (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, pushed along before mistake and lost place 7th, tailed off, 7th of 13, 47l behind African Gold (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Karazhan 5-2 (11-0) Mid-division, bumped 1st and 2nd, headway 6th, challenging when not fluent 3 out, wandered then led last, ran on well, won at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov beating Zarzal (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran.
Peintre Ster (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon tracked leader, kept on to chase winner and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Cousin Khee (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
Rum And Butter (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 4th, led 3 out, soon headed, weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 18l behind Tealissio (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Sin Bin (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Held up in touch, outpaced after 5th, never able to get back on terms with leaders, 5th of 13, 10l behind O'faolains Boy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, 25l behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Velvet Vic (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, mistakes, reminder 4th, behind 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Giveitachance (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct, 12 ran.
Amber Cloud 9-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, left poor 2nd 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 6, 27l behind Little Glenshee (10-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Hardwick Bay 100-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 40l behind Eleven Fifty Nine (11-2) at Doncaster 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Mrs Eff 9-1 (10-7) Prominent, hard driven 8th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Carmela Maria (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Pure Anticipation (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened after 5 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Mauricetheathlete (10-12) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.