Eskimo Jack gets the vote here with Cool Cossack and Music To My Ears heading a long list of dangers. The selection won well last time out when beating Mister Club Royal. That form has since been franked and despite his penalty under conditions that suit he is taken to defy the handicaper. Cool Cossack rates the main danger on his latest fifth behind Bubble Boy but he still prone to the odd error and at likely odds he looks worth taking on. Music To My Ears was a fair third behind Strong Resolve last time out but still remains weighted up to his best. Cresswell Willow won well last time when beating Eurocelt despite jumping left through out, he will lijke the track and should be watched in the market. Or Apples was a fair second behind Liberty Ben last time out and could improve for the step up in trip while Forest Miller is another last time out winner that could go well but he looks vulnerable under his penalty. This is a tough race as few can be ruled out but for the winner we return to Eskimo Jack to small stakes.
Eskimo Jack (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Led 3rd, made rest, drew clear from 3 out, won at N Abbot 3m 2f hts chs (6) gs beating Mister Club Royal (11-7) by 19l, 9 ran.
Cresswell Willow (IRE) 15-2 (10-7) Made all, jumped left 4th, clear 14th, ridden 3 out, gamely, won at Plumpton 3m 2f beg chs (4) gd beating Eurocelt (10-11) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Cool Cossack (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 32l behind Bubble Boy (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in Apr.
Forest Miller 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, led last, all out, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft beating Hever Road (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Francines-Boy (IRE) 9-2fav (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 14th, ridden to chase leaders 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 17l behind Catch The Perk (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Sept.
Amid The Chaos (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Chased leaders until weakened 10th, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Artic Reason (10-2) at N Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Music To My Ears (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, outpaced 4 out, ridden and hampered next, one pace, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Strong Resolve (11-11) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Oct.
Or Apple's (FR) 7-2 (11-10) Tracked winner, led briefly 10th, ridden after 13th, kept on to regain 2nd from last, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Liberty Ben (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.