A poor handicap chase here and Evan Williams can continue his good recent run of form with a win for WALSINGHAM, while Mattaking can also go well. It is hard to enthuse about many of these, but Walsingham merits strong consideration over a trip that suits and on the sound surface that he usually requires. A recent run should have him ready for this and we will side with him off this handy enough mark. Mattaking went close at Huntingdon last time but is back up 3lb as a result. Even so, he looks a likely improver for that chasing debut and in such a poor race is entitled to plenty of respect. Lady Roania does not win too often but she does stay well and the handicapper has given her a bit of a chance here if she can jump a bit more fluently. Ravenscar is on a dangerously low mark, which is not the case with Rash Moment, but we'll side with Walsingham.
Lady Roania (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, lost touch 9th, struggling next, staying on when left modest 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Tempsford (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Oct.
Desert Secrets (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden after 11th, soon weakened and pulled up 2 out in race won by Monzon (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Shampers 14-1 (10-12) Chased winner until 8th, beaten approaching 4 out and pulled up 3 out in race won by Arumun (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct, 6 ran.
Macamoto (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, lost place after 5th, behind when mistake 8th, stayed on from 2 out, 5th of 12, 29l behind High Jack (11-3) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Rash Moment (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, pushed along 8th, soon outpaced, no impression from 5 out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Runshan (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f cnd hcp chs (5) sft in Oct.
Walsingham (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Prominent, led approaching 5th, headed 8th, led again after 9th, headed 3 out, hung right approaching last, soon weakened, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Young Tot (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Jomelamin 17-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 27l behind Fourpointone (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Mattaking (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, under pressure after 3 out, headway next, ridden to challenge after last, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Ours (12-1) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs.
Ravenscar 9-1 (11-1) Mid-division, outpaced 9th, kept on under pressure from 2 out, 5th of 13, 11l behind Mistral De La Cour (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (5) gf in Jun.
Happily Ever After 8-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway after 7th, weakened 2 out, mistake last, 4th of 12, 29l behind High Jack (11-3) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
National Diploma (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) In touch, mistake and lost place 7th, weakened 3 out and pulled up 2 out in race won by Dillay Brook (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs, 10 ran.
Guns of Love (IRE) 40-1 (9-12) In touch, weakened 8th, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Silvergino (10-5) at Southwell 2m cnd hcp chs (4) gd in Oct.