The form of GIBB RIVER's Huntingdon win doesn't look particularly strong but this lightly-raced sort, a decent maiden on the Flat for Peter Chapple-Hyam, will have had his confidence boosted by that success and is capable of defying his penalty here. Even though she'd won twice on the level, Extremely So was allowed to start at generous odds when winning on her hurdling debut at Folkestone. The mare may struggle to follow up here but there are possibilities about recent C&D second Mrs Muddle and Nom Dom, who will have benefited from his run at Newbury. Perfect Shot won over 1m6f at Newmarket last year but became increasingly unreliable on the Flat and it remains to be seen if he'll take to the winter game.
Gibb River (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, ran on well to draw clear flat, won at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Strongbows Legend (10-12) by 6l, 16 ran.
Alcalde 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, effort 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, mistake last, 5th of 13, 21l behind Extremely So (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Benozzo Gozzoli 13-2 (8-11) Led ridden and stayed on when pressed from 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind City Stable (9-7) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul (flat).
Extremely So 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 3rd to next, led again 2 out, ridden last, stayed on flat, won at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating American Ladie (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Fireitfromye (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Mid-division, progress into 2nd travelling well over 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Sole Witness (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Lombok 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, hit 2nd, behind and no chance when went right 3 out, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Non Dom (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 15th of 22, well behind Minella Class (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway 5f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 12, 14l behind Woolfall Treasure (10-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct (flat).
Teshali (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, not fluent and weakened next, 8th of 16, 44l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
The Old Buccaneer (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 13th of 16, well behind Backspin (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Tiger Bay (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always behind, tailed off when went badly right 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Kid Cassidy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Yesyoucan (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Held up in touch on inside, one pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 13l behind Mawsem (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Brave Enough (USA) 50-1 (10-12) Always behind, hit 5th, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Zakeeta (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Mr Muddle 66-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 2nd, hit 4th, strongly challenged after 3 out, headed before last, no extra, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Comedy Act (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.