Passam made all at Southwell for a first hurdles victory and is only 4lb higher. He could make GOOD AND HARDY work hard for a second successive win but Fergal O’Brien’s Chepstow scorer looks an out-and-out stayer and can defy his big weight. Goodnight Charlie is much better over fences and this might be a further pipe-opener and Behind Time is best watched at present. Road Warrior and Lassana Angel are even harder to recommend
Good And Hardy (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Always prominent, effort 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, rallied to challenge last, stayed on well under pressure flat, led towards finish, won at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Accordingtogino (11-10) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Goodnight Charlie 8-1 (11-9) Jumped left, led to 4 out, weakened 2 out, eased when beaten flat, 3rd of 4, 16 1/4l behind Petite Power (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Behind Time (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Mid-division, lost place 6th, well beaten 3 out, plugged on flat, 5th of 9, 30 1/2l behind Informateur (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Road Warrior 20-1 (11-12) Led, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, at Newcastle 2m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Passam 10-1 (11-4) Often jumped right, chased leader until led before 3rd, made rest, edged left run-in, driven out, won at Southwell 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Nifty At Fifty (11-12) by 1l, 8 ran.
Lassana Angel 20-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway into 4th 4 out, weakened next, left in modest 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 26 1/2l behind Perfect Moment (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Nov.