SERGEANT PINK never looked like catching Grey Life when third at Carlisle during the week but that is still the best form on offer in this. Diane Sayer's charge makes more appeal than recent Fontwell third Attimo but The Society Man could prove more troublesome on his fourth to Chestnut Ben over these fences on Boxing Day. Future Gilded and By The Boardwalk arrive out of form though the former is lightly-raced and has scope for improvement.
Future Gilded (FR) 5-1 (11-9) Led until headed and weakened quickly soon after 4 out, soon behind, blundered 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Gores Island (11-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) In rear, not fluent 4th, closed 7th, mistake next, no impression in 3rd when mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Grey Life (11-12) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
By The Boardwalk (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Led and mistakes, headed 5 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Knockalongi (10-10) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
The Society Man (IRE) 13-2 (10-1) Chased leaders, lost place 5th, rallied 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on well close home, never a threat, 4th of 7, 7l behind Chestnut Ben (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Attimo (GER) 4-1 (11-12) Mid-division, outpaced 5 out, ridden and kept on approaching 2 out, went modest 3rd approaching last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Strawberry Hill (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.