This looks a fascinating clash between Sivola De Sivola, who has won two out of three over fences, and GREEN FLAG. The latter receives 4lb and, as he kept on well to score at Kelso despite looking in need of the run, Lucinda Russell's six-year-old looks the one to beat. Streams Of Whiskey won at Hexham on his reappearance but is 9lb higher here and probably need to improve again to figure while Scotswell faces fences for the first time. Pause And Clause is rated 11lb higher over hurdles but it's a long time since he won a race and he's changed stables since his last run.
Sivola De Sivola (FR) 6-5fav (11-5) Led 1st, headed after 9th, ridden before 4 out, led after next, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m (3) gs in Oct beating Hansupfordetroit (10-7) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Green Flag (IRE) 12-5fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 11th, led before last, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Kelso 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Oct beating Imperial Vic (11-11) by nk, 10 ran.
Scotswell 6-1 (11-7) With leader, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 32l behind Goldan Jess (10-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Led, headed when not fluent 2nd, prominent, led again before last, edged left flat, stayed on well, won at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct beating Highbury High (10-4) by 3l, 11 ran.
Pause And Clause (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, ridden and lost place from 6th, lost touch after next, tailed off, 7th of 11, 49l behind Open Day (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.