Official ratings suggest Benefit Cut is the one to beat here but he jumped poorly before being pulled up at Leicester last time. The Italian Yob may need a confidence-booster as well but Kitegen kept on well to score on his chasing bow at Kempton and should have more to offer. FARMER MATT might be the value as he's taken well to fences and only had to be pushed out to win at Exeter earlier this month. He's best going right-handed and was successful over hurdles here in 2012. Superior Quality has the ability to pick up a novice chase but his last two runs have been disappointing.
Benefit Cut (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent 8th, mistake next, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Rydalis (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb, 6 ran.
Farmer Matt (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, mistake 10th, challenged after 3 out, led before last, pushed out, won at Exeter 3m (3) hvy beating Beforeall (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Kitegen (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, soon outpaced, led 2 out, driven clear last, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gs beating Able Deputy (11-2) by 2l, 7 ran.
The Italian Yob (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakening when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Dare To Endeavour (11-1) at Exeter 3m (3) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Superior Quality (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Lamps (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.