Carlito Brigante mastered Domtaline close home at Cheltenham eights days ago but the latter's trainer, Paul Nicholls, may enjoy some measure of revenge here with his UNIONISTE receiving 10lb from Gordon Elliott's charge. There's a theory that the former isn't entirely straightforward while the latter jumped with zest when winning for Guillaume Macaire at Auteuil in May and should continue to progress. Rebel Dancer was taking on experienced handicappers at Market Rasen last time and should find this easier while Distime is an interesting newcomer but Inoogoo took a heavy fall at Perth and may need his confidence rebuilding.
Carlito Brigante (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, left 2nd 2 out, soon switched right, driven to challenge when edged left and bumped flat, led towards finish, ran on, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs (2) gs beating Domtaline (11-11) by shd, 7 ran.
Rebel Dancer (FR) 16-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden before last, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 17l behind The Disengager (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Akula (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Sire De Grugy (11-2) at Kempton 2m beg chs (4) gd, 11 ran.
Distime (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division, blundered 5th, mistake and well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 20, well behind Alpha Victor (10-8) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Inoogoo (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Mid-division, in touch 10th, disputed 3rd and staying on when fell 3 out, in a race won by Aneyeforaneye (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Sep, 8 ran.
Unioniste (FR) (10-3) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f 4yo chs in May beating Upwelling (10-10) by 12l, 10 ran.