TAKINGITALLIN won a bumper on soft ground and completed a double over hurdles on good going during the summer. A winning point-to-pointer, she's never been this far over hurdles but should have no problems staying on this easy track. The Drone completed a double over 3m at Southwell in the spring and will be better for his run over fences at Fakenham last month. He's only 3lb higher than his last victory so looks a threat. Carrigmoorna Matt won two sellers in the spring but couldn't handle the step-up to Class 3 company at Hexham and was well beaten and though Winningtry won three races for Paul Nicholls he hasn't run for two years. Oathkeeper has been racing in slightly better company but is on a very long losing run.
Winningtry (IRE) 4-1 (10-2) Mid-division, closed 4 out, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 10, 34 1/4l behind Louis' Vac Pouch (10-6) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Too Many Chiefs (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, lost place 5 out, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
The Drone (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, chased winner 4 out until ridden next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 17 3/4l behind Thomas Todd (11-0) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Carrigmoorna Matt (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, soon outpaced, 6th of 8, dist behind Taxmeifyoucan (11-11) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Takingitallin (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led, driven and headed after 2 out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Legends Gold (11-5) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f (4) sft in Oct.
Little Millie (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) In rear, outpaced 9th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Oathkeeper (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) In touch on inside, lost place after 4th, driven and outpaced before 3 out, no danger after, 7th of 12, 18l behind Perfect Man (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Maison D'Or (IRE) 10-1 (11-13) Mid-division, ridden after 7th, well beaten 3 out, 6th of 13, dist behind Wild Sam (11-7) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (5) sft in Oct.